FOCUS Commercial Corridors

North Mass (Mass Ave Brookside Industrial Corridor)

North Mass is a 500+ acre legacy industrial district northeast of downtown Indianapolis that runs along I-70 from Mass Ave and 10th Street up to Sherman Drive. The Corridor, home to small businesses ranging from 1-75 employees, is also home to many vacant and underutilized properties. In 2014, the Urban Land Institute studied this area through the Daniel Rose Fellowship and identified the significant redevelopment and reuse potential for this area. The initial work done through this study prompted LISC to designate the area as a FOCUS district and to direct resources, staff and technical support towards reinvestment and redevelopment efforts in this area. Leading these efforts is the Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) who is working to connect existing businesses in the area to workforce development programs, resources at the City and State, façade grants and to other businesses, while also working to bring new businesses to the many vacant properties. In addition to growing the business presence and strength of the area, attention is being given to the aging infrastructure and aesthetic of the area which is important to the businesses but also the Martindale Brightwood and Near Eastside neighborhoods which flank the Corridor. Website:


Contact Information:
Mark Carter
Riley Area Development Corporation
875 Massachusetts Avenue
Suite 101
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tel: 812-205-5597

East Washington Street Partnership

The East Washington Street Partnership is a collaborative effort to foster sustainable economic development and revitalization along one of Indianapolis most important urban corridors. Partnership efforts are guided by the East Washington Street Vision Plan.

The Vision Plan seeks to partner economic revitalization with neighborhood revitalization in a manner that brings residents and jobs back, improves property values and tax base, improves ecological quality, and promotes the transformation of a struggling, degraded corridor into a vibrant, mixed-use urban address.

Through short and long term development sites, the goals of the plan are to bring back jobs for the community and to support a long-term policy vision of re-introducing rail transit along the corridor.

Currently staffed by Englewood CDC, the East Washington Street Partnership is a collaborative effort between ECDC, Near East Area Renewal, and Southeast Neighborhood Development.


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Contact Information:
Joe Bowling
Englewood Community Development Corporation
57 N Rural Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201
Tel: 317-496-2662

International Marketplace Coalition/Lafayette Square

The International Marketplace Coalition (formally The Lafayette Square Area Coalition) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses, concerned citizens, and community leaders who encourage economic growth and development on the northwest side of Indianapolis, Indiana. This area has become a vibrant, diverse community and the world is taking notice. The vision is to facilitate the creation of the Lafayette Square area as a vibrant, economically strong, multi-use international community in the city of Indianapolis where everyone has the opportunity to experience and learn about other cultures.


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Contact Information:
Terri Skipper
International Marketplace Coalition
3610 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Tel: 317-925-5722


For more information about FOCUS, please contact:

Emily Scott
Program Officer

Former FOCUS Commercial Corridors

Crooked Creek


Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Street


East 10th Street


Fountain Square






North Meridian Street

1435 N Meridian Hardware 2

West Washington Street


16th Street


Massachusetts Avenue