South side's CityWay project on track

Nearly a year after the official groundbreaking, the CityWay neighborhood project on downtown Indy’s south side is beginning to take shape. In just a few short months, the neighborhood will come to life.

Construction is right on track and a new and unique way of living is just a three months away from taking its first steps. Residents will begin moving into the 250 luxury apartment homes beginning in October and restaurants will begin serving in the fall. In January, the 209-room Alexander Hotel opens to the public.

Hotel general manager Michael Moros says the Alexander’s location in the CityWay neighborhood will help Indianapolis attract attention to host more events and conventions. 

"The city has had such great success with bringing conventions to the city. It's a very economical city. It's easy to get to,” Moros said. “We have plenty of inventory downtown as far as hotel rooms by us adding another 209 rooms. It gives us the opportunity to be looked at [for] the Super Bowl, obviously the NCAA Final Four [and] larger conventions, so we're very excited to be a part of that."

The neighborhood is not only changing the direction of the area, but also one of its primary streets.

"We are actually turning Delaware into a two-way street pattern,” said Becca Michel with CityWay.

It’s a new direction for an area that promises a bright future.

"It's been terrific and we are just thrilled to be a part of the community,"  Michel added.

Another big part of the plan is the addition of a new 75,000-square-foot YMCA at Delaware & South where the CityWay Discovery Center is temporarily located. Work on the project begins next summer and the new YMCA is expected to open for business by the end of 2014.

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