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City begins preliminary planning process for former Oaktree Apartments site

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The city announced Meticulous Design + Architecture and the DAVID RUBIN Land Collective will lead the planning process for the site of the former Oaktree Apartments, a 19-acre plot of land on the far east side near 42nd Street and Post Road.

Meticulous Design + Architecture is a local Black-owned firm that specializes in civic architecture and will take the lead on community engagement throughout the planning process.

“Alongside the DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, our firms will jointly lead the team in a comprehensive and heartfelt engagement with the community to ensure the outcomes of this project are a direct reflection of resident voices and serve as a catalyst for inclusive redevelopment and an improved quality of life for the Far Eastside,” Damon F. Hewlin, principal of Meticulous Design + Architecture, said in a press release.

The Marion County Health Department condemned the property in 2014, and the Marion County Superior Court ordered the remaining 46 tenants to move out after the buildings became unlivable from years of neglect.

Indy Diamond LLC, a London-based company, bought Oaktree Apartments in 2012. The city took control of the property following a legal battle and demolished the apartments in April 2020.

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