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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.

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

3D Parts Manufacturing Secures $5000 with Kiva Kip Loan

Congratulations to Kim of Indianapolis’ 3D Parts Manufacturing, LLC for raising 100 percent of his Kiva Zip loan. Seventy-two lenders helped Kim reach his $5,000 loan goal. 3D Parts Manufacturing was started in 2003 and is an additive manufacturing facility in downtown Indianapolis that uses 3D printing technology to produce parts for everything from jet engines, to medical devices, to masters for molds. It is currently the largest operator of 3D printing equipment in Indianapolis. Kiva Zip loans allow everyday people to support small businesses with 0% interest loans that enable them to access the capital they need to grow … Continued

Great Places 2020 Launches Successfully

On Friday, November 21, 2014 over 300 community leaders and neighbors gathered at Kinney Group Headquarters on the Near West side to officially launch the Great Places 2020 initiative. Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project transforming strategic places in six Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as we enter 2020. Each Great Place will be transformed through partnership, development and investment in: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education. Key partners have emerged that will contribute to the success of Great Places 2020, including  Buckingham Foundation, the Indiana Housing … Continued

LISC Indianapolis Invests $280,000 in Local Small Businesses

Grants will be used to revamp small business commercial facades throughout Indianapolis LISC has awarded matching grants to 35 local businesses through its Small Business Façade Improvement Program. This year’s commitments total $280,000 and are helping to leverage over $1.2 million in total building and façade improvements. Doubled support by the City of Indianapolis provided the financial capital for 13 additional awards over last year’s total, strengthening the program’s overall impact. Other sponsors include Chase, State Farm and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. The Small Business Façade Improvement Program is one of the largest, well-established façade initiatives in the country focusing on small … Continued

Project offers a preview of vision for the East Washington Street corridor

Block will be temporarily reconfigured into a vibrant public space for people, bikes, local shops and artists (Indianapolis, Ind.) On Saturday, June 8, from noon until 5 p.m., the block of East Washington Street between Rural and Oxford will be transformed. Residents, volunteers, artists, businesses, and neighborhood organizations will change the current configuration of five traffic lanes and vacant lots into a vision of what  could be: pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined sidewalks, enhanced transit stops, outdoor dining, public seating, public art, and a mix of small commercial storefronts and businesses – even a protected cycle track. The project – Better Block Indy: East … Continued

What A Year It’s Been

A year that started with one of the biggest parties in the world and ends with a new home in one of America’s most innovative new workspaces? Maybe that sounds a little backwards—but it all makes sense to us at Indianapolis LISC. Our 20th anniversary year was one for the books: we celebrated the good work we’ve been honored to be part of for the last two decades, and set the stage for even greater things to come. In late January and early February, the world came to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. And all eyes turned to Indianapolis’s Near … Continued

Neighborhood Visionary Project: Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center

Vibrant neighborhoods. Impassioned community leadership. Engaged residents. They’re all components of a successful city. And ambitious projects like the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center show that Indianapolis is rich in all three. It hasn’t always been that way—especially not on the city’s Near Eastside. For decades, the area was characterized by vacant homes and storefronts, rising crime rates, and the collapse of key neighborhood institutions. But five years ago, a group of dedicated residents came together under the auspices of the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiatives (GINI) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to improve their community through a bold … Continued

Neighborhood Visionary: The Bowlings

If you ask the Bowlings, the key to healthy neighborhoods is family. And for them, “family” includes the whole neighborhood. For Mike Bowling and his sons Josh (community programming coordinator at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center) and Joe (director, East Washington Partnership at the Englewood CDC), the best way to keep the neighborhood family strong is simple: open conversation. And at Englewood Christian Church where Mike serves as pastor, conversation is the focus of the ministry. “About 15 years ago, we decided that on Sunday nights, we were going to put the chairs in a circle with our congregation … Continued

Neighborhood Visionary: Beverly Mukes-Gaither

Success in neighborhood development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes dedication, perseverance and a strong desire to make a difference—and nobody knows that better than Beverly Mukes-Gaither. As Vice President and Enterprise CRA Manager at Fifth-Third Bank, Beverly oversees the corporation’s commitment to helping develop and improve local communities. And it’s a job she absolutely loves, because Beverly has always had a passion for making a difference in communities fighting for positive change. But positive change doesn’t always come easy—especially in some of Indy’s toughest neighborhoods. Sometimes it takes months or even years to make a significant difference. “To be successful … Continued

Mozingo Place: An anchor for positive change.

Ten years ago, the Mozingo Building was neglected, crumbling, and had a faltering foundation. Bricks were literally falling out of the walls. It stood as a sad reminder of what had once been a spirited, vibrant neighborhood. But that all changed in 2002. That’s when Frank Hagaman, founder and former president of Partners in Housing Development Corporation, contacted LISC for help in transforming Mozingo into Mozingo Place—an affordable housing community focused on helping people with special needs. “People need the consistency and continuity of knowing they can live in a place that’s decent, safe, clean, and affordable,” said Hagaman. “I … Continued

LISC in the news: Quietly making a big difference in Indy.

Over the past 20 years, LISC has invested more than $120 million in various neighborhood development projects throughout Indianapolis. And it has done so with little fanfare, preferring to let its work speak for itself. But now, as LISC prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, people are starting to take notice. The latest example is this story featured on WTHR. It highlights LISC’s investments in up-and-coming neighborhoods like Fountain Square and the Near Eastside. And shows how LISC helps fund projects that not only improve our city, but also help its citizens improve their own lives. Watch the video here.

Neighborhood Visionary: Phil Tom

In 1978, Phil Tom came to Indianapolis with a job to do. He had just been named the new pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church on the Near Eastside, and was excited about the opportunity. But when he arrived, he was surprised at how much the neighborhood had deteriorated. “When I first came to Westminister, there was lots of dilapidated, boarded-up housing. People were leaving the neighborhood, and it just wasn’t a great place to live. So some of us in the community took it upon ourselves to tackle the situation.” Phil and members of his church teamed up with Eastside … Continued