In December 2017, the first residents of The Ascent in Plainfield began leasing their new apartment homes. With its one year anniversary in the books, the community has captured the heart of its residents with it’s long list of cool amenities like a saltwater pool with expansive sun deck, dog park and pet spa, smoke free community, fitness center with on-demand fitness studio, media/gaming area, business center, enclosed controlled access entries, grilling cabana, onsite trash compactor and recycle center, plus they have valet trash service available as well. Residents enjoy an array of in-home amenities as well like large, open-concept floor plans with kitchen islands, brushed nickel appliances, crown molding, washer and dryer in every apartment, wood plank flooring, wine rack, large patios and balconies, and decorative color schemes. The Ascent offers prospective residents 1, 2, and 3 bedroom floor plans of differing square footage with some offering garages or storage units. The community also offers a short term, corporate housing program.
In addition to all of the amenities The Ascent has to offer, the property management staff hosts and engages residents in many different activities throughout the year. Residents also enjoy the very short walk to The Shops at Perry Crossing and many other shopping, dining and entertainment spots. The Ascent is a truly wonderful place for singles and families with all that it has to offer and and its close proximity to interstates, good schools, employment hubs, and downtown Indianapolis.
By Kevin Collison CityScene KC
It may be a site only a developer could love, but the 221-unit Crossroads Westside project is finding success attracting tenants with 40 percent of its apartments already leased before its formal opening.
“We are the connection between two great neighborhoods, the Crossroads and the Westside,” developer Jim Thomas of Indianapolis-based Cityscape Residential said at the grand opening event Tuesday.
“I challenged Helix for a bolder vision of what could be here,” Thomas said.
Wedged between the Broadway and Interstate 35 viaducts, and designed to avoid blocking nearby billboards, the latest project by Cityscape Residential was a test for the architects at Helix Architecture + Design.
“We’re super excited about it,” said Ryan Adams of Cityscape. “We’ve been working on it five years. “It’s a tough site, not only with the viaducts but three billboards. We needed to work around the view corridors.” And yes, those units facing the onrushing traffic of I-35 are extra soundproofed. You can judge for yourself how well that worked by checking this video shot from the living room of a freeway-facing, two-bedroom unit that rents for $2,100.
At the grand opening event, Mayor Sly James said he shared the questions many people had about locating an apartment building by a busy interstate. “I kept driving by and say, I don’t know if I want to live in that apartment,” James said. “What if a car flew in there?
“What’s interesting is, the way the building was built. We’re becoming quite urban. These are things you’d see in Boston and Chicago.” The mayor observed how the Crossroads was rooted in artists who began moving there years ago for its inexpensive space for studios and galleries. “People saw value and it was reclaimed with arts and culture,” he said. “As a result of those early pioneers, we have a lot of synergy here.”
The five-story Crossroads Westside development wraps around a two-level garage with 300 spaces. It was built on the four-acre site of the old Jones Store warehouse, and the debris from its demolition was crushed and used for fill at the location.
The $40 million development at 601 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez includes all the amenities you’d expect including a courtyard with large swimming pool, game room, bicycle lockers, fitness center, conference rooms, coffee bar and lounge.
There’s also a private dog park and dog spa.
What’s extra is the colorful and whimsical interior design throughout, much of it done by Dimensional Innovations. Cutout cows dance across the lounge wall, mirrors disguised as giant sunglasses are in the restrooms and the game room pops with color.
“Our theme is the Crossroads,” Adams said. “We wanted to be part of the Crossroads community and blend in.”
A 700 square-foot one-bedroom unit at Crossroads Westside goes from $1,200 per month, and two-bedrooms go for $2,100- to $2,500 per month. All units have balconies or some other outdoor space.
Leasing began in January and the developers say there has been no challenge finding renters for units facing the highway, observing they are among the faster being leased.
“The first units leased are on the south side along the interstate and you’ll find they’re quiet,” Thomas said.