Serving as a bridge between downtown and the north side, this diverse neighborhood is undergoing transformative changes to Tarkington Park and its surrounding commercial spaces that will appeal to residents of varying income levels.

Maple Crossing Strategic Plan

Maple Crossing Abbreviated Strategic Plan

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LIVABILITY
•  Enhance walkable commercial corridor
•  Create premier urban park
•  Improve infrastructure
•  Improve streetscapes/sidewalks
•  Expand mass transit
•  Enhance residential opportunities
•  Calm traffic
•  Alleviate food desert designation
At the heart of this future Great Place is a unique asset. The 10.5-acre Tarkington Park – bound by 39th, 40th, Illinois and Meridian streets – was recently approved for a $5 million Phase I project as part of a new master plan. This initial phase will result in many key amenities, including a new cafe, a splash park, a farmers’ market, a large children's play area, a central plaza and an improved streetscape in late 2015. Bike lanes are already in place along Capitol and Illinois streets. And while the area is already served by local bus service, future transit improvements will have a powerful impact on the area's connectivity as two Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines are expected to intersect at 38th and Illinois streets.
OPPORTUNITY
•  Encourage small business growth
•  Build support for local businesses
Combining the City's Community Development Block Grant allocation and substantial private investment, half a dozen or more businesses will receive façade upgrades. A host of business support services will help entrepreneurs access capital, business planning, and coaching services. Job training programs and extensive development projects will create opportunities for local hiring and new business opportunities. Collaborative marketing and business development efforts will help sustain and celebrate local area businesses. Through creative partnerships and a renewed local farmer’s market at Tarkington Park, efforts will strive to eliminate the “food desert” and increase access to fresh and affordable food.
VITALITY
•  Encourage small business growth
•  Build support for local businesses
•  Improve access to fresh foods.
Many collaborating partners are committed to transforming this place into a genuine driver in resident retention and attraction for Indianapolis. Redevelopment plans are underway for 2.2 acres of mostly vacant commercial property north of 38th Street on Illinois Street. Plans call for a three- to four-story mixed-use development with mixed-income apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail. This space, along with the 14,000-square-foot historic mixed-use building on the northwest corner of 38th and Illinois, could help to drive the retail, residential and transit orientation of the neighborhood.
EDUCATION
•  Attract more families
•  Build community through unique learning opportunities
•  Continue offering career-oriented programs
Several charter, magnet and traditional schools provide K-12 opportunities and act as key neighborhood anchors. The neighborhood also boasts other unique opportunities to build human capital. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' Extraordinary Learning Family Neighborhood Initiative (XLFNI) is an emerging cradle-to-career program targeted at growing and nurturing the college and career aspirations of youth and families in the surrounding neighborhoods. Similarly, the Martin Luther King Community Center (MLKCC), a United Way agency, provides affordable outcome-based after-school programs for working families and is a Work One mobile site offering job, career coaching and educational assistance to the unemployed. Additional partners such as the Purdue Extension pledge to help build social and intellectual capital.

Interested in getting involved in the efforts of this Great Place? Contact Michael McKillip.