Central State Greens, a redevelopment project encompassing over 9 acres at the heart of the former Central State Hospital site, is made possible by a unique partnership between LISC Indianapolis, the City of Indianapolis, and Reverie Estates. Central State Hospital, created in 1827, once cared for nearly 3,000 patients on its 140 acre grounds. Funding cuts led to the hospital’s closure in 1994 and the site has been vacant and in deteriorating condition ever since. Its revitalization has been a centerpiece of the Near West neighborhood Quality of Life plan.
The development connects the Near West neighborhood and residents with students at IUPUI, an anchor institution in the area. The project is part of over $50 million of development actively underway, including new road and drainage infrastructure, the new Christel House Academy charter school, a completed 144 unit apartment complex, AstroTurf track, senior housing, Seven Steeples urban farm supported by LISC last year through the Indy Food Fund. Nearby intersection of Michigan St. and King Ave. was chosen as one of three Great Places, a collective impact initiative to spur on quality of life advancements and private investment in Indianapolis neighborhoods.
Mayor Greg Ballard, Congressman Andre Carson, Adam Thies of the Department of Metropolitan Development, Chris Piazza of Reverie Estates, Kalen Irsay and Blue of the Indianapolis Colts, representatives from the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Indianapolis Parks and Recreation, and Bill Taft of Indianapolis LISC gathered to dedicate the development with a series of ribbon cuttings to celebrate the completion of the NFL field on May 6th. The new track and field is supported by a $200,000 grant through the NFL Foundation, the Indianapolis Colts, and LISC.
Photo credit: City of Indianapolis