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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Have you noticed some of the changes around Ellenberger Park and Pleasant Run Parkway? Both areas got a little love during last weekend’s city-wide days of service for Indy DO Day.

Friends of Ellenberger Park Indy DO Day Service Project 

On Oct 4th as a part of Indy DO Day, the Indianapolis city-wide days of service that took place Oct 2-4, a group from the Friends of Ellenberger Park pruned and mulched 21 young trees along with two mature trees. Thanks to Jerome Delbridge of Tree-Centric Solutions, Shrewsberry & Associates and the staff at Ellenberger Park for making it happen. We would be remiss if we didn’t give a big shout out to Hart Bakery and the Irvington Starbucks for providing treats for the volunteers. Look for the next round of pruning to help see the park’s trees through a healthier life!

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Group of volunteers from Friends of Ellenberger Park


PLEASANT RUN- Restoring a National Treasure

Another Indy DO Day / Lilly Global Day of Service project marked the beginning of the green infrastructure restoration along Pleasant Run parkway in Irvington thanks to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful,  Lilly’s corps of volunteers, and the expert resource and leadership of Spott’s Garden Service.

NOTE the Before and After (invasives clearing) shots of a stretch along Pleasant Run Parkway S. Dr..

This work paves the way for more opportunities via Reconnect to Our Waterways (ROW) initiatives.  ROW is a coalition of Indianapolis neighborhoods and residents, private and public organizations and civic leaders.  It is lead by public-private partnership of many business and non-profit organizations and seeks input from residents and stakeholders who live and work closest to the waterways.

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Pleasant Run Parkway after invasives clearing

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Pleasant Run Parkway before invasives clearing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Waters is an Irvington Resident and owner of Indy Living  Services, a local, independently owned, and earth-friendly, “pop-up”  business that provides, coordinates and sources sustainable residential,  organization, and/or leisure daily living services.

 

 

 

 


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We are THRILLED that this new development in Irvington has been given the green light. See details in our press release:

Irvington Development Organization is assisting in the development of The Irvington Coal Factory which will include a number of small artisan businesses.

Irvington Development Organization is assisting in the development of The Irvington Coal Factory which will include a number of small artisan businesses.

For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2014                      

Media Contact:

Margaret Lawrence Banning, 317/260-0669

New commercial development in Irvington gets green light from City Commission to move forward

Coal Factory in south Irvington to spur development, investment

(Indianapolis, Ind.)  The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) tonight approved zoning changes and exterior improvements for the Coal Factory, allowing the unique commercial development south of Washington St. in Irvington to move forward.

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.  The new development will be anchored by Black Acre Brewing Company’s new brewing facility, and will include a mix of restaurants, retail, artisan food production, art and entertainment offerings, and office space.

The area is part of Irvington’s original downtown, where a rail depot at the northeast corner of Bonna Ave. and Audubon Rd. was the hub of a thriving commercial district.  The Coal Factory was once Irvington’s actual coal yard, which was served by a rail spur that came off the main railroad line.

In April, the Irvington Development Organization (IDO) announced it had secured a $500,000 grant from the City of Indianapolis to jumpstart the Coal Factory development.  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 pleased that the Coal Factory will be able to move forward, as it has the potential to transform the southern part of Irvington,” said Margaret Lawrence Banning, executive director of IDO.  “We also are pleased by the level of support and interest neighbors have shown for this project, and look forward to our continued partnership in bringing the Coal Factory to life.”

The Pennsy Trail, which was approved by the IHPC in August, will front the Coal Factory on the north side of Bonna Ave.  The trail’s one block stretch along Bonna Ave. is the only area where the trail will front commercial development, as the remainder of the trail goes through back yards and behind buildings.

The Coal Factory construction is slated for completion by September 2015.

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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JOB DESCRIPTION

Volunteer Coordinator (Unpaid Position)

The Irvington Development Organization (IDO) works for the benefit of the Irvington neighborhood by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors.  As a not-for-profit, IDO accomplishes its mission with a one-person staff, dedicated board and committee members, and passionate volunteers.  In order to better centralize the communication with, education of and deployment of volunteers, IDO is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator or a small team of Coordinators.  The Coordinator would work with the Executive Director to maximize the experience for the volunteers by matching their interests and skills to the various projects, committees and functions IDO pursues.

The duties of the Coordinator would include:

  • Identify and recruit volunteers through existing database of 60+ interested individuals, community outreach, and other contacts.
  • Evaluate volunteers’ interests and skills and match to the appropriate functions.
  • Train the volunteers for their specific tasks and in the mission and history of IDO.
  • Schedule the necessary shifts to provide coverage for events.
  • Create a means to recognize and reward volunteers in a meaningful way.
  • Identify volunteers with interest and aptitude for leadership opportunities and board membership.

The potential time commitment is six to eight hours per month, perhaps more at first as documents and procedures are created.  All duties would be closely coordinated with the Executive Director, and advise, assistance and feedback are freely available from the board and committee members.

 


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Photo courtesy of Vishant Shah

Irvington Development Organization is proud to have served as  one of the many partners with Foundation East’s Traffic Signal Box art project AND Foundation East is delighted to announce that the traffic signal box art project in Irvington has won first place in the category of Best New Public Art in NUVO’s 2014 Best of Indy Readers Choice Poll!

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Traffic signal box located at Arlington Ave and Pleasant Run Pkwy in Irvington. Artist: Rita Spalding. Photo courtesy of Vishant Shah.

For the past two years, Foundation East has commissioned local artists to create art on traffic signal boxes in and around Irvington. The twenty uniquely painted boxes are loved by those in the community. Irvington resident Svetlana Sadovova says, “I think it’s wonderful that there is art for people to view without going to a museum.” The traffic boxes can be experienced by bike, foot, or car, and are there for all to enjoy.

IMPD officer Shane Foley has noticed the correlation between the themes represented on the signal boxes and the characteristics of the neighborhood that houses them. “The boxes suggest life, motion, activity, which is what we want people to know about the area. There’s life and activity here, and people who care.”

Eastside artists who developed the themes and painted the boxes include the Department of Public Words, Morgan Hauth, Shelby Kelley, Erin Kelsch, Andrew Severns, and Rita Spalding. The Irvington traffic signal box art can be seen in Irvington and is available online in the Public Art Directory hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Aaron Story and Vishant Shah co-founded Foundation East in July 2013 with the idea that public art can remake neighborhoods by inspiring everyone every day. They are matchmakers, project managers, and artist promoters. Foundation East’s long term vision is to make the Eastside into the center of public art for Indianapolis, so it is no longer just the neighborhoods in which artists live, but the neighborhoods in which they publicly share their art.

Foundation East thanks the following groups for their help: the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department East District, the Irvington Terrace Crime Watch, the Irvington Development Organization, the Historic Irvington Community Council, the Garden Club of Irvington, Mosaic Church, Mike Theard Painting, Shop Irvington and Porter Paints.

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Want to be a part of the positive happenings in Irvington? Become an IDO member for as little as $25!  Find out more about IDO on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website!

 


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