With aims to enhance its connectivity to downtown Indianapolis even further, this Near West place enjoys a growing IT business sector and a commitment from area businesses to create a sense of place from cradle to career.

River West Strategic Plan

River West Abbreviated Strategic Plan

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LIVABILITY
•  Enhance walkability
•  Improve streetscapes/sidewalks
•  Expand mass transit
•  Increase connectivity
Within a five-minute walk of this intersection are proposed bike and pedestrian trails, community parks, a grocery store, health care and a growing IT business. The area within one-half mile boasts an urban farm, a library and several restaurants.
OPPORTUNITY
•  Foster trend in neighborhood investment
•  Leverage existing Goodwill and STEM programs
•  Increase access to jobs
There are tremendous opportunities to expand existing business, create new ventures and develop human capital. Kinney Group, an IT firm, adds new jobs monthly and given the proximity to the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, there is potential for additional IT sector growth. Ongoing investments of nearly $39 million in residential, commercial and workforce development are either complete or in progress within a mile of the area. One exciting collaboration is between Pattern – a maker trade group – and Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) to create a design and maker space leveraging resources from the Kinney Group; the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at Christamore House; and the job training program at Goodwill Industries. Additionally, several anchor institutions in the area will provide significant employment opportunities, including close neighbors IUPUI, Eskenazi Health and Roudebaush VA, while the Hawthorne Center for Working Families will provide support to individuals and families via employment services, financial counseling and emergency services.
VITALITY
•  Transform unused and underutilized spaces
•  Enhance connectivity to downtown
•  Attract new residents
•  Increase access to local businesses
•  Improve housing stock
With the many nearby anchor institutions, the close proximity to downtown and the expected IT sector growth, the area population is trending upward, promising an overall growth in customer base for local businesses. The Westside Community Development Corporation (WCDC) has successful transitional, rental and senior housing, along with a strong homeowner-repair program. The Central Greens development has begun to take shape, transforming the former Central State Hospital into a series of well-designed residential, retail, recreation and education components.
EDUCATION
•  Attract more families
•  Continue access to high-quality education
•  Increase connectivity to schools
Near West residents enjoy an array of high-quality primary and secondary schools, many of which have very strong outcomes. Padua Academy is an existing K-8 charter school and Christel House Academy has just opened, accepting K-2 students to ultimately grow to a K-12 school. George Washington Community High School has an excellent track record of placing graduates in college, and the Goodwill Indy Metropolitan High School is a charter school that performs community work in partnership with the Kinney Earth Group Team. Providence Cristo Rey High School is a private school which includes service learning an exposure to hands-on career studies.
Interested in getting involved in the efforts of this Great Place? Contact Phil Votaw.