Lofts give new life to historic Bush Stadium

From T.J. Banes at the Indianapolis Star on December 2, 2013, with mention of SABR member Geri Strecker:

Football and basketball are more likely to be played this time of year, but when Geralyn Strecker looks out her home’s window, all she thinks about is baseball.

Strecker’s living room is located behind home plate of historic Bush Stadium. Strecker, a self-proclaimed baseball fanatic, was the first resident to sign a lease in January for Stadium Lofts. The studio, one- and two-bedroom rental units at 1510 Stadium Way were filled by the time it opened July 27.

Now the former Indianapolis Indians stadium is growing with new life. In addition to the 138 lofts, Core Redevelopment will open 144 flats in August.

The Near-Westside complex has a rich history that dates to the stadium’s opening in 1931. The ballpark hosted Pan Am Games baseball in 1987 and was a stand-in for Chicago’s Comiskey Park in the movie “Eight Men Out.” But in 1996, the minor league Indianapolis Indians baseball team moved from Bush to its current home Downtown at Victory Field. And a year later, Bush Stadium became the 16th Street Speedway.

That venture failed, and eventually the old field became a landing site for vehicles from the federal “cash for clunkers” program.

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Originally published: December 10, 2013. Last Updated: December 10, 2013.