Central State Hospital served as the cornerstone of Indiana’s mental health system for well over a century but was closed in the 1990s as the mental health profession moved toward an outpatient treatment system. The City of Indianapolis acquired the property from the State of Indiana in 2003 and embarked on a planning process with neighborhood stakeholders to develop consensus on a redevelopment vision for the 160 acre property located only three miles west of downtown.

CAP:IC facilitated this advisory commission, developed a public information Web site, hosted an urban design workshop to examine redevelopment alternatives, and assembled a composite, conceptual redevelopment plan from the commission that was later used in a request for proposals (RFP) process for site redevelopment. 

Download the urban design workshop publication or view an archive of the project Web site.