Residential village to set center stage for new urbanist community living in Discovery Park District

Residential village to set center stage for new urbanist community living in Discovery Park District

May 1, 2019

Major housing development to create a ‘sense of place’ in a walkable, traditional yet modern community adjacent to Purdue University campus.

A walkable, new urbanist neighborhood development called “Provenance” will set center stage for people who seek a quality of life that is close to the energy of a university campus and become the fifth major project announced in the past two years for Discovery Park District.

The district is a $1 billion, long-term project to transform the west side of the Purdue University campus as a preeminent environment for intellectual discourse and high-tech commercial enterprise.

The intergenerational design for Provenance will feature single-family detached homes, townhomes, cottages, condominiums and market rate apartments. It also includes plans for features such as a community center, fitness center, restaurants and retail, day care facility and preschool, a centralized greenspace and community gardens. The day care facility is designed to be 17,000 square feet and will support 156 children; it is slated to open in June 2020.


Old Town Design Group of Carmel, Indiana, which has developed a number of award-winning community-style neighborhoods throughout central Indiana, is the lead developer for the project.

“Our goal for Provenance and for all our neighborhood developments is to create a ‘sense of place’ for the people living in an Old Town community,” said Justin Moffett, a partner of Old Town. “As soon as we heard about the Purdue residential village, we felt strongly that it was something that we wanted to create. Each Provenance home will be unique, authentic and lasting in design in a traditional walkable neighborhood.

“It’s an outstanding location and with the development of Discovery Park District. The whole area is going through a transformation that will advance the area for generations. We want to be part of that change.”  Jeff Langston, one of Old Town’s partners, is a Purdue alumnus, Moffett added.

In a nod that hearkens back to early 1900s homes, the majority of the home lots will be alley-loaded, eliminating front driveways and increasing density to enhance the walkability of the neighborhood. For information about homes in Provenance, visit here.

“The variety and uniqueness in the Provenance home designs is an important attribute for our long-term plan to create a new urbanist community for residents as we develop all aspects of Discovery Park District,” said Rich Michal, vice president and chief facilities officer for the Purdue Research Foundation. “People of all demographics living, working and visiting in the community can interact with each other on a regular basis. With the anticipated grocery and sundry markets, restaurants, parks and arts programs at Purdue, residents could walk anywhere they would want to go for recreation or shopping. We predict that Provenance will become the place to live.”

The Provenance development follows the $120 million State Street Redevelopment Project, which improved a major corridor through the Purdue University campus.
“The development that we are now seeing in Discovery Park District is exactly what we envisioned when West Lafayette and Purdue University joined together to create a major thoroughfare from the university campus to U.S. 231 on the west side of West Lafayette,” said Mayor John Dennis. “It is an exciting time of growth and development for the residents of our city and our surrounding Greater Lafayette area.”

Provenance is the fifth major development in Discovery Park District since 2017.

Other projects already under development in Discovery Park District are:

  • Aspire, a three-building, 831-bed apartment community designed for students is slated to open in early August.
  • Convergence, a 145,000-square-foot, five-story mixed-use building that will connect Purdue University research, industry and investors and support collaborative research, licensing and startup creation is slated to open in early 2020.
  • SEL Purdue, a 100,000-square-foot facility for electric power research that will support up to 300 new high-tech jobs is slated to open in 2020.


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