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Feb. 18: Creative Placemaking Projects Unveiled, East Washington and Oxford

Near Eastside Neighbors, please join us this Thursday, February 18 for a Launch Party: Great Places Near Eastside at Englewood Recreation Indianapolis 5 p.m.: Cake and punch reception 6 p.m.: Announce the winning proposals for Great Places Near Eastside creative placemaking projects!

Sustainable Local Food Indiana – growing

GREAT PLACES 2020: EAST WASHINGTON AND OXFORD Progress continues at Sustainable Local Food Indiana. The first growing unit is now producing basil and lettuce (watch time-lapse video here) and is being sold to Pogue’s Run Grocer’s Deli and Wildwood Market. Renovation work on the building is ongoing and more growing units will be added in the coming months. Also, Hoosier Popcorn was announced as a new building tenant.

Submissions due Jan. 31 for Near Eastside Creative Placemaking Projects

GREAT PLACES 2020: EAST WASHINGTON AND OXFORD The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering to support creative placemaking projects within the Near Eastside Great Places 2020 area. We are soliciting proposals from a broad range of creative practices (art installations, craft-based projects, music, performances, culinary achievements, special events, etc.) that contribute to the cultural identity of the Near Eastside Great Place. Successful projects will connect people together with the distinct place, history, stories or culture of the Near Eastside Great Place. Click here for application information.

Tarkington Park Façade Improvements Underway

Tarkington Park Façade Improvements Underway With a focus on creative placemaking, a number of art murals have been added in Tarkington Park. In addition, the parking lot has been repaved and benches have been added. The Tarkington Park Master Plan is estimated at $12 million and will help rejuvenate a key commercial node along a critical transportation corridor. The strategy focuses on an initial catalyst public realm investment in the park simultaneously with City investments in business and infrastructure investments. Planned amenities include: a dog park, bocce ball, playground, basketball and tennis courts, splash plaza, café with restrooms, walking paths, … Continued

Haughville Parish Hall Saved from Demolition

Haughville Parish Hall Saved from Demolition The Archdiocese of Indianapolis donated the former Holy Trinity Parish Hall to Indiana Landmarks just before Thanksgiving. The Parish Hall, which has about 21,000 square feet over three floors, includes a full-size gymnasium with basketball court. It is located in the Haughville Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This means that historic tax credits and other incentives will be available when it comes to needed investment in the building. Indiana Landmarks plans to market the building for sale in the near future, likely after some needed masonry repairs. … Continued

Oxford Place Senior Apartments, Oxford Flats Will Provide Additional Housing Options

The first phase of the Oxford Place development is Oxford Place Senior Apartments, a 32-unit building on the former Crown Laundry site. An aggregate pier foundation was installed in late November, and concrete footers are currently being poured, so the footprint of the entire building is now visible on the site. Construction will continue through the winter, and anticipated to be complete by fall 2016. This projected is being developed by Englewood Community Development Corporation and The Whitsett Group. Oxford Flats, a 15-unit building on the first block of N. Oxford, is still with the architects for finalized construction drawings, … Continued

Museums and Libraries Step-Up Efforts to Tackle Economic Distress in Poor Communities, Says New Report from IMLS and LISC

A new national report finds that many museums and libraries are leveraging their prominent local positions to help rebuild troubled neighborhoods, driving economic, educational and social efforts that help raise standards of living. Museums, Libraries, and Comprehensive Initiatives: A First Look at Emerging Experience, is part of a collaborative research effort by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) examining the ways that museums and libraries are helping fuel successful comprehensive community revitalization efforts and offer best practices for other institutions to follow. Last week, the findings were used to launch a discussion … Continued

Great Places 2020 Awarded $50,000 Partner for Places Grant

Great Places 2020 Awarded $50,000 Partner for Places Grant The City’s Office of Sustainability and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced today that Indy has been awarded a $50,000 grant through the Partners for Places project. The funding will support early action projects in the creation of three vibrant urban village centers in the city as part of the Great Places 2020 initiative. Partners for Places – a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is a successful matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based … Continued