TWIN AIRE AND KING COMMONS TO UNVEIL STRATEGIC PLANS TOMORROW
Mayor Hogsett, Great Places 2020 partners to hold community meeting
After months of research, neighborhood input and strategic planning, tomorrow Great Places 2020 partners will unveil the strategic plans for the two newest Great Places neighborhoods. At the Feb. 22 event, strategic plans and new branding identities will be unveiled for both Twin Aire (quarter-mile area surrounding the intersection of English and Southeastern avenues) and King Commons (quarter-mile area surrounding 25th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets).
Great Places 2020 has structured initial funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. To date, more than $150 million has been pledged or invested for the five Great Places from more than 50 partners.
Thursday, Feb. 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Watkins Park Family Center, 2360 Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. St.
A short program will begin at 4:30 p.m. with remarks from Mayor Joe Hogsett, representatives from Twin Aire, King Commons, LISC Indianapolis, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indy Parks.
Each Great Place will have a station at the event that will include the full strategic plan for the area, strategic briefs including a proposed map of the area in 2020 and representatives from each neighborhood to address questions.
WHAT IS GREAT PLACES 2020?
Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project created to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as it reaches its Bicentennial.
The goal of the initiative is to transform neighborhoods and spur urban revitalization to help combat many of Indianapolis’ current challenges– including population loss to neighboring counties, high unemployment and poverty rates in certain areas, low graduation rates and high levels of pollution and obesity. Building communities that are walkable, attractive and culturally diverse will help attract and retain residents of all ages and socioeconomic status, increasing the tax base and reversing many of the negative trends.
In late 2014, three areas were identified as Indianapolis’ Great Places: Englewood Village, Maple Crossing and River West. In late 2016, two additional areas were added: Twin Aire and King Commons. The Great Places 2020 initiative provided each neighborhood with urban planning and technical assistance to create plans designed to spur growth in each place.
As a collective impact initiative, Great Places 2020 counts on the contributions of many for its success—from neighborhood stakeholders at each of the Great Places to citywide investment partners. The initial implementation partners are: The City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Indy Chamber, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana. LISC Indianapolis acts as the backbone organization for this collective impact initiative.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training, and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. In short, we help neighbors build communities.