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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Guest blogger: Patricia Waters:
Photo cred: Patricia Waters:

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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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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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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