GREAT PLACES 2020 NAMES TWO NEW ADDITIONAL NEIGHBORHOODS
Twin Aire, 25th/MLK selected as Indy’s next Great Places
Indianapolis, Ind. – Great Places 2020 partners have selected two additional places to support four years of implementation. Twin Aire (intersection of English/Parker) and 25th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street will be the next Great Places. Both will receive planning assistance to create a detailed redevelopment plan and funding for early implementation efforts in their target area.
25th and MLK Great Place
The lead partner for 25th and MLK is Flanner House of Indianapolis. Showcasing strong partnerships with Center for Leadership Development and Groundworks, including Marian University and Eskenazi Health as anchor institution partners, the 25th and MLK Great Place stands poised to increase connectivity with the completion of Fall Creek Trail, leverage the Canal, White River and Fall Creek as waterway assets that complement Riverside Park, and build upon a vibrant business corridor along MLK, home to businesses like Barbecue Heaven. Building on recent momentum in the neighborhood with a new Herron High School, the new Global Prep Indy and several innovative food enterprises, 25th and MLK can truly incarnate Dr. King’s “Dream” of a thriving, economically prosperous, diverse and peaceful community.
Twin Aire Great Place
Home to a highly diverse group of 2,300 Hoosiers and with a rich history as a place of invention and craft, this neighborhood seeks to create a community with an identifiable center, that is walkable and offers a mix of public spaces and facilities, has quality education options, offers small business opportunities, and a mix of market-rate housing affordable for working class families and seniors. Boasting of strong partnerships between Southeast Neighborhood Development and Twin Aire Community Coalition, the effort is anchored by Citizen’s Energy Group involvement. With significant support from federal programs including the Promise Zone and the Economic Development Administration, there is significant momentum already working toward achieving the community’s vision of a centrally-located multi-purpose festival green, a greenway park along Pleasant Run, and a new park at Rural and English.
“The next four years will be full of critical decisions for Indianapolis that will shape its future. It can either continue its trajectory upward to be one of the leading cities in the country, or fall victim to its growing challenges of disinvestment, loss of population, and failing civic systems,” said Bill Taft, Executive Director of LISC Indianapolis. “Indianapolis must define and become the kind of city it aims to be, with a particular focus on its neighborhoods.”
Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project that transforms strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as it reaches its Bicentennial. 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 (East Washington and Oxford)
- Maple Crossing (38th and Illinois)
- River West (West Michigan and King)
The Great Places 2020 initiative provided each neighborhood with urban planning, real estate and marketing consultants to create plans designed to spur growth in each place. In May 2016, Great Places 2020 partners unveiled the strategic plans for each of the Great Places areas. Structuring initial funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows, more than $84 million has been committed to the three Great Places from over 50 partners. Investments in each Great Place are organized into four outcomes: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, Education. To see early successes in these three Great Places, please visit www.GreatPlaces2020.org/blog.
Total investment in all five neighborhoods in 2017 is expected to eclipse $20 million, which includes alignment with the United Way of Central Indiana’s Great Families 2020 initiative. With federal grant dollars from the Social Innovation Fund, UWCI’s Great Families 2020 will establish neighborhood support networks that provide integrated services in postsecondary education and workforce development, early childhood education, financial support, and health and well-being to families living in poverty.
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.
“We commit to fostering growth opportunities for small businesses and manufacturing in these Great Places,” said Michael Huber, CEO of Indy Chamber.
“Improving the vitality of these new Great Places though increased housing opportunities for existing and potential residents is a priority for INHP,” said Moira Carlstedt, President of Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership.
“KIB commits to helping both people and nature thrive in these new Great Places,” said David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
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.