Indianapolis Business Journal | Mickey Shuey

An effort to jump-start the redevelopment of the Irvington Plaza shopping center on the east side of Indianapolis was given a green light this week by a city commission.

The approval of a new plat map for the nearly 16-acre property in the 6200 block of East Washington Street comes as California-based developer Tallen Capital Partners LLC begins the process of developing a new master plan for the site. Tallen has the property under contract for an undisclosed price from current owner Erick Becker, who lives in Florida.

The replat of the site, which splits it from a single parcel into six outlots closer to East Washington Street and a much larger “block” parcel encompassing the remainder of the property, was unanimously approved by the Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday.

The proposal faced some objections from neighbors, who were concerned that there was no associated master plan for the project included with the filing—something that is not typically required for a replat request.

Terry Tallen, CEO of Tallen Capital, said while preliminary discussions are underway about what to do with the property, no formal master plan for the site currently exists. He said his firm plans to continue working with the Irvington Community Council and others over the coming months to determine that plan.

“We’re very grateful for the decision that [the MDC] made today, as they made the right call,” said Tallen, who studied business and played football at Indiana University from 1977 to 1982. “They saw the efficacy of what we put forth and rode with it. We were very disappointed that the Community Council filed an appeal on this map, as it’s just the first step of developing a site plan.”

The Irvington Community Council’s decision to appeal the map was an unusual step for the replat process, typically viewed as an administrative step in most developments that require one. However, the move opened the door for Irvington to secure two commitments from the plaza’s potential developer.

Those commitments, which solidified the neighborhood council’s support of the replat, consist of the MDC maintaining purview over any developments that occur on the site that include a drive-thru component, and a list of non-permitted uses for the property.

Tallen said he’s in discussions with Dairy Queen about constructing a store along East Washington Street, as well as some upper-scale fast food chains. He said the replat was necessary to show restaurateurs the dimensions of their property before they commit to the project.

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