Guest writers: Sarah Evans and Tammi Hughes; Photo courtesy of East 10th Street Civic Association:

In addition to informing our readers about news and happenings in Irvington, IDO is intentional about highlighting the good news that is occurring with other eastside community groups and neighborhoods. This post is a reprint from the most recent East 10th Street Civic Association newsletter. Such an exciting development!

The East 10th Street Civic Association is partnering with Stenz Corporation in the development of Dorman Square located in the Cottage Home neighborhood. The E10SCA has received $450,000 in a combination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds from the City of Indianapolis to supplement and enhance the community’s development.

 Dorman Square is located at the southeast corner of 10th and Dorman Streets and will feature a mix of residential and commercial properties. Fourteen custom-designed, environmentally-conscious single-family homes and town homes are planned for Dorman and Stillwell Streets. Lot prices for the homes start at $35,000.Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 12.07.11 PM

A mixed-use development will front the site along East 10th Street. The E10SCA received $300,000 in HOME Funds to supplement the development of a combination of market rate and affordable homeownership.

“The East 10th Street Civic Association is proud to be a partner with Stenz Corporation. Effective community economic development is at its best when the private, public and non-profit sectors collaborate and bring creative resources and roles to the table, restyling in an innovative product,” says E10SCA Executive Director Tammi Hughes.

The $150,000 in CDBG funds that the E10SCA received will assist with infrastructure improvements and trail amenities to enhance the southern leg of Pogue’s Run Trail along East 10th Street from Dorman to Stillwell. The E10SCA is exploring a variety of creative placemaking elements.

With a mixture of price points and types of housing, the Dorman Square development sets a precedent for the Near Eastside in terms of a non-profit and a for-profit business working collaboratively to offer a variety of options for home ownership and retail development.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with the East 10th Street Civic Association, whose holistic approach to revitalizing East 10th Street has helped guide the Dorman Square project from the start. Their experience and leadership in working with the various local stakeholders has been invaluable,” says Beau Ansty of Stenz Corporation.

Construction on the residential properties is currently underway, with the East 10th Street work set to start in 2015.

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses.


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Guest writer – Paula Schmidt:
Photo credit – Jenny McGinnis:

Irvington has followed a lovely tradition for 38 years.  Beginning in 1976, a Winter Luminaria has served as Irvington’s unique version of a Neighborhood Night Out!  It continues to be true to that original idea.  A time to slow down, enjoy your home and take the opportunity to celebrate your community.  There are some special events, but this is a very local affair focusing on each home, each, block and personal connections.  The Historic Irvington Community Council with the help of volunteers lights many public areas. Just like the  traditional summer version of Neighborhood Night Out, house parties pour out onto the street to light bags.  Then, there is time to enjoy the Benton House, Irving Circle and the candlelit streets.

This year, Winter begins on the day of the Luminaria, Sunday Dec 21st.  Fire light and friends have historically been a way for many cultures and religions to encourage the light and warmth of Summer to return.

Here is how you can participate:

  • Buy candle kits at one of our local businesses.  As few as 5 will be beautiful.
    Photo Credit: Jenny McGinnis

    Photo Credit: Jenny McGinnis

    • Ace Hardware (1025 N. Arlington Ave)
    • Antique Mall by Jack & Jill (5501 E. Washington St)
    • Black Sheep Gifts (5626 E. Washington St)
    • Bona Shops (202 S. Audubon Rd)
    • Deering Cleaners (1160 North Arlington Ave)
    • Your Local Deli ( 5543 E. Washington St).
  • Pick up sand, supplied by Reliable Bob’s Lawn Care, from the parking lot of Ellenberger Park after Dec 13th.  Thank you Bobbie Sponsel!
  • Volunteer to help light one of the public areas.
  • Meet your neighbors, celebrate and light up your block!  Dec 21, 2014 from 6 to 10
  • Tour Irvington and enjoy the beauty of candles at night.

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses.


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Guest writer: Jessica Leck:
Photos courtesy of SIMS Boxing Gym:  

Recently, a new Boxing Gym opened in nearby Emerson Heights. SIMS Boxing Gym is located at 4615 E. 10th Street, just across from the Emerson Theatre. The gym offers an affordable rate for kids in our neighborhoods to enjoy a great sport in a local business. Sims Boxing Gym bought the building and they are here to stay!

Jessica Leck after a fundraising challenge for SIMS.

Jessica Leck after a fundraising challenge for SIMS.

They have already been involved with the Emerson Heights Neighborhood by attending several neighborhood meetings and sending 20 kids and adults to help with the neighborhood clean-up in October.

More about the Gym:

  • They have an open door policy. You can stop by anytime during open hours and watch the program.
  • Open Mon-Fri 4:30pm-7:30pm and Sat. 10a-2pm. The cost is $6 a week for children under 15 yrs old. Closed Sundays. Age of boxers is 6-55.
  • They focus on teaching children respect, discipline and responsibility. The kids are encouraged to reach maximum potential and be productive citizens in our community. Sims Boxing Gym is dedicated to teaching life skills through the art of boxing. Their mission is to provide a place in which the values of discipline, responsibility and honor are upheld and stressed.
  • Report card submittal is required every 10 weeks.
  • Encourages neighborhood pride by participating in Community Projects- clean-ups, graffiti removal, etc.
  • An average session starts with a run through the neighborhood, squats, jump rope, push ups, sit ups, etc. They use a traditional training style.

Currently the gym is looking for tutors for various subjects to help local kids in school. Please reach out to the gym at the contact info below if interested! (Background check required.) Let’s help support this local business.

SIMS Boxing Gym
Call or email Tohanna Sims for more information:
(317) 832-8984
olympianboxer@yahoo.com

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses.


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Irvington Development Organization and Foundation East along with IndyGo, Marian University Writing Center Indiana Campus Compact and ICAT, have sponsored a year-long series of events called “Magic #8 Bus”. These events are focused on family-friendly, affordable outings to cultural, arts and sporting events in downtown Indy. Our final trip is to the Old City Hall for the Spirit & Place Festival opening party and IDADA First Friday art exhibit featuring images and stories captured during the bus rides to events from Irvington to downtown.  

On Friday, November 7, you will ride the bus with fellow Eastsiders along E. Washington Street to the grand Old City Hall to enjoy the
opening party and IDADA First Friday Galleries. This event is FREE and family-friendly! We’ll have adult tricycles, hoppity ponies and Ruschman Beta IndyGo Trip“roller racers” for your alternate transportation enjoyment along with food, music, art, and most of all, FUN! You’ll then head home with your friends on the Magic #8  – what a perfect way to spend a Friday night. 

What is the Magic #8 Bus?
Magic #8 is a reference to the #8 IndyGo bus that runs along E. Washington Street. Attending events together using the IndyGo #8 bus is fun, affordable and serves as a unique way to get you on the bus. We would love to see more families in Irvington, Englewood, Holy Cross and other Eastside neighborhoods utilize this amenity more often to explore downtown Indy. No dealing with traffic or parking, just relax and enjoy the ride.

Register here to RSVP for this family-friendly event so we can plan accordingly! 

Logistics
Catch the #8 IndyGo bus at the bus stop closest to your home or meet your friends and neighbors at the Irvington Starbucks at Audubon and Washington Street where one of our more popular bus stops is located. Gather at Starbucks 5:15pm to mingle, enjoy a tasty beverage and get to know your neighbors! The bus will arrive at 5:31pm at this stop and glide into “the Hall” roughly 23 minutes later. First Friday events will be happening nearby, so make sure to check them out. The group will return to Irvington on the 8:11pm bus, but you are welcome to linger! 

Bus Tickets
Courtesy of IndyGo, we will have a limited number of free bus passes available on a first come, first served basis. IDO volunteers will be handing out the passes at the Irvington Starbucks and along the way to our destination until the passes are gone. The IndyGo pass allows you to ride to the event and back on the bus for free. If you don’t snag a pass, one way IndyGo Bus Fare $1.75. You will need exact fare – the bus does not make change. 

The Magic #8 is a Green and Fun Way to Travel!
Magic #8 is a great way to go to our events where you will mingle and get to know other Eastside neighbors. Taking the Magic #8 keeps our city a little bit more green – instead of 25 people in 25 cars heading downtown, we all get on one bus! It saves on gas, reduces carbon emissions and is a FUN way to meet people and make new friends. That’s why we call it the Magic #8!

Magic #8 Bus Spirit & Place Festival and First Friday Exhibit
Friday, November 7, 2014 from 5:15 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
The Hall
200 N. Alabama St
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ndianapolisIN 46201

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses.

 

 

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Wow! Are we ever excited about B’s Po Boy coming to the Irvington Coal Factory! Read more in the press release below.

For Immediate Release:                         Media Contact:

Oct. 17, 2014                                                Margaret Lawrence Banning, 317/260-0669

Popular local restaurant to open second location at Irvington’s Coal Factory

B’s Po Boy makes ten-year commitment to unique commercial development

(Indianapolis, Ind.)  Popular local eatery B’s Po Boy plans to open a second location at the Coal Factory in Irvington, the Irvington Development Organization announced today.

Owned by Deb and Ryan Borchelt, B’s Po Boy will utilize approximately 4,500 square feet of space, and will front Bonna Ave. and the recently approved Pennsy Trail.  The Borchelts are making a ten-year commitment to locating in the Coal Factory and plan to be open in summer 2015.  The site will be completely renovated and re-designed.

Image of B's Po Boy menu at their Fountain Square location

Image of B’s Po Boy menu at their Fountain Square location

“Earlier this year, we made the strategic decision to open a second restaurant in Irvington, and began scouting locations in March,” said Deb Borchelt, co-owner of B’s Po Boy.  “We quickly settled on the Coal Factory because it has limitless potential, as it allows us to double the space of our current restaurant, and puts us at the heart of a vibrant urban community.”

B’s Po Boy will offer authentic, New Orleans po boy sandwiches, gumbo, entrée salads, and beer and wine.  Similar to the Fountain Square location, it also will feature two outdoor bocce ball courts and giant jenga.  Because of the increased space at the Coal Factory, B’s Po Boy will likely feature some type of indoor games and potential new menu offerings.

The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission approved zoning changes and exterior improvements for the Coal Factory earlier this month.  The Commission’s approval paved the way for property owner and manager Irvington Brewing Real Estate, LLC to move forward with lease negotiations for new tenants.

The Coal Factory encompasses 50,000 square-feet of property on the south side of Bonna Ave. and roughly between Ritter Ave. and Audubon Rd.  It will house Black Acre Brewing Company’s new brewing facility, which will join current tenants Playground Productions, Coal Yard Coffee, 5547 Project and Inhabit.  The Coal Factory will include a mix of restaurants, retail, artisan food production, art and entertainment offerings, and office space.

The City of Indianapolis awarded a $500,000 grant in April to jumpstart the Coal Factory development. The Irvington Development Organization (IDO) applied for and secured the grant.

IDO is partnering with Irvington Brewing Real Estate, LLC to acquire and develop the site.  Irvington Brewing Real Estate, LLC will serve as the owner and manager of the site and is responsible for the build out and leasing of the property.

“We are delighted that B’s Po Boy chose the Coal Factory as the location for their second restaurant and will be joining the many thriving businesses who call our neighborhood home,” said Margaret Lawrence Banning, executive director of IDO. “The Coal Factory is easily accessible for walkers and bicyclists and features ample parking for the many Indianapolis residents who visit our neighborhood on a daily basis.”

About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses.

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