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Kroger Store Nourishes Your Family and IDO

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Kroger Store Nourishes Your Family and IDO

If you’re a Kroger shopper, you can prompt — at no cost to you — donations to IDO every time you shop.  All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus card on Kroger’s website and choose IDO as your Community Rewards recipient.  At the end of each quarter, Kroger sends us a portion of its total charitable donation, based on how many of those points IDO supporters have racked up. The more supporters who register their cards for our cause, the more groceries purchased, the bigger share of the $500,000 pie for IDO. You do need to renew your registration every year or your purchases no longer count toward IDO’s portion of the donation. Right now, 15 families are signed up. We know there are more than 15 Irvington supporters who shop at Kroger, so please take these few simple steps to support IDO. Have your Kroger Plus card handy (you’ll need the long number under the barcode on the back), go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com, and follow the directions for a new account.  Once you’ve registered, choose Irvington Development Organization as your Community Rewards recipient.  Our Non Profit Organization Number is 11523. Then go stock up like an ice storm’s coming!  Remember to use your Kroger Plus card every time you shop and renew your registration a year from...

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IDO Facilitates Face-lifts and Better Access to Irvington Businesses

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

IDO Facilitates Face-lifts and Better Access to Irvington Businesses

IDO helped Simply Divine Cupcakes and Indy Cycle Specialist (ICS) obtain façade grants from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), an organization that works with local leaders to invest in housing, health, education, public safety, and employment. The façade grants program helped Simply Divine Cupcakes put a fresh new look on its new bakery and brought funds to ICS for purchase and installation of a new door that allows customers and staff to more easily manage bikes coming and going at ICS. “It was rewarding to help a new business with their first bricks-and-mortar location (see previous profile) and to support a long-time regional destination business in Irvington,” said IDO Executive Director Margaret Banning. IDO also helped Antique Mall of Irvington by Jack and Jill obtain a facade grant to repair and rehabilitate their building at 5501 East Washington Street. The 103-year-old building experienced a partial collapse in September 2016. IDO is working with Paul Diebold, Irvington Historical Society (IHS) in also applying for an Indiana Landmarks grant for the building. LISC offers a 50% matching grant to eligible businesses that invest in exterior improvements.  Over the last eight years, IDO has helped bring over $180,000 to the community, leveraging an additional $425,000 in private investment, to assist local businesses and improve the visual appeal of our commercial district. The city-wide grants are very competitive. IDO endorses the projects and helps business owners complete the applications. When façade grants are approved, IDO facilitates business owners working with the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) for their permits (for those businesses that operate in the historic district) and serves as the fiscal agent for the funds. The next round of grants are now available through September. You can find information and the grant  application at LISC Indianapolis. If you’re an Irvington bricks-and-mortar business owner considering a facade upgrade, contact Margaret (317-260-0669 or margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org) about this...

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Irvington Summer Music Series Debuts in 2017

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Irvington Summer Music Series Debuts in 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a terrific year for music right here in Irvington. In addition to open stages at 10 Johnson Avenue, Sweet Thursday Jazz at Coal Yard Coffee, First Fridays, and more, Irvington Summer Music Series will run from May through September 2017. Featuring two events each month, the series schedule offers an eclectic array of styles and genres. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming. THE LINEUP Irish & Celtic Music: Friday, May 5, 7 p.m., $10, Bona Thompson Center Tibetan Crystal Bowls: Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m., $10, Bona Thompson Center Irvington Children’s Festival: Saturday, June 3, 1 p.m., free, Irvington Branch Public Library Third Annual Juneteenth Celebration: Friday, June 16, time TBD, free, Downey Avenue Christian Church. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Blue Alchemy: Saturday, July 8, time TBD, free, Irving Circle Park An additional free July event will be announced soon. The Roundups: Saturday, August 5, time TBD, free, Irving Circle Park An additional free August event will be announced soon. Carmel Conservatory Quartet: Sunday, September 10, 3 p.m., $10, Bona Thompson Center. The quartet will perform selections by Russian classical composers. Blue Collar Bluegrass and Flatland Harmony Experiment: Saturday, September 23, 7 p.m., TBD, Irvington Ice and Coal IRVINGTON SUMMER MUSIC SERIES NEEDS YOUR HELP! Communications/marketing volunteers Most importantly, organizers need a few people with skills in marketing and promotion to take over the social media and advertising needs for the series. If you have skills in any of these areas and would like to help make this series successful (and earn the dying gratitude of your neighbors), please let us know as soon as possible. Contact Stan Denski at standenski@gmail.com. Event volunteers Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down equipment for each show, as well as answer questions, help with directions, tickets, parking, and so on. If you’d like to help out, contact Stan Denski at standenski@gmail.com. Sponsorship Irvington Summer Music Series is made possible with funding provided by Historic Irvington Community Council. Individual and business sponsorships are also available. Please contact Stan Denski at standenski@gmail.com for sponsorship...

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March Neighbor Spotlight: Tyler Sheller

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

March Neighbor Spotlight: Tyler Sheller

Some members of our neighborhood have all types of exotic and rustic animals; you’ll find chickens, donkeys, and, with Tyler Sheller, even a horse! Well, not exactly a horse, more like a Great Dane. (But he’s as big as a horse!) Tyler is actively involved with a local group, Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, and his dog Bruno plays a big part. Acting as both the Marketing and Fundraising Coordinators for the nonprofit rescue — which serves Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Southern Michigan, and parts of Wisconsin — Tyler utilizes his background in marketing and advertising to spread awareness of and raise money for Forever Friends. But Tyler has more than just a background in branding; having grown up with these gentle giants (Tyler’s parents have owned and raised Great Danes for almost 40 years), he has a background in the breed itself. The goals of Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue are to educate the public about the breed, promote adopting a companion vs. shopping for a dog, and to help deserving Great Danes find their loving forever homes. As a completely volunteer-run organization, the rescue relies on donations, promotions, and partnerships with local businesses to cover the medical costs of the dogs in their foster care. Tyler and Bruno have made numerous appearances on TV promoting the rescue through such programs as Indy Style, the News at Noon on WISH-TV 8, and Pet Pals TV with the delightful Patty Spitler. Bruno’s larger-than-life appearance and personality always steal the show, while Tyler tries to get a word in about Forever Friends and educating the public about Great Danes. Tyler’s happy to see many Great Danes in Irvington and encourages dog lovers of all types to get involved in rescue. You can learn more about Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue at their website, and like them on Facebook for the latest updates on available dogs, events, and fundraisers. How long have you lived and/or worked in Irvington? In Irvington-terms, Tyler has been a resident of our community for a very short time:  2 years this summer. What do you do for fun? Besides working with Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and horseback riding. He also has a branding and design business, which keeps him busy when he’s not horsing around with Bruno. What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, or view in the neighborhood? Living near Ellenberger Park, Tyler enjoys biking along the Pleasant Run Trail and joining that with the Pennsy. Along that route, you’ll see everything from bustling business corridors to adorable donkeys! If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first? The first thing Tyler would accomplish, as Mayor of Irvington, would be to put in speed bumps all along Washington.  Apparently, per Tyler, people think they’re at the Speedrome while going up and down that street! What’s your connection to IDO? First getting involved with IDO through the Real Estate Committee, Tyler has also joined the Communications committee and created the branding for last year’s IDO Harvest Gala with Tyner Pond...

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Coal Yard Development Slows Following Tax Credit Announcement

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Coal Yard Development Slows Following Tax Credit Announcement

Recently, we were notified that 61 Indiana applicants competed for this year’s IHCDA rental housing tax credit awards and only 16 projects were chosen. Unfortunately, the Coal Yard Lofts project did not receive this award, but Third Street Ventures intends to apply for the tax credits again in fall 2017. Note that the terms rental housing tax credits (RHTCs) and Section 42 tax credits are interchangeable. In the interim, Third Street will continue its due diligence in anticipation of purchasing the property, including the necessary environmental assessment and remediation. The April 5 hearing before the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission will likely be continued to some future date. Further updates will be posted in our newsletter and on our website as details are finalized. Though we are disappointed the project was not funded in the first round, which is not unusual, we look forward to positive development happening on the site in the near future. If you’re interested in reading the award announcement from Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, finding additional information about the tax credit program, gaining insight on how the projects were scored, or checking out proposals from the award winners and competitors, see the IHCDA’s announcement. In October 2016, Third Street Ventures announced their intention to develop the property at 5543 Bonna Avenue. In November 2017, the IDO board voted to enter a partnership with Third Street Ventures. Additional details of proposals, community meetings, and FAQs are available in a series of blog posts at...

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February Neighbor Spotlight: Andrea De Mink

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog, East Side Indy, Featured, Irvington News | 1 comment

February Neighbor Spotlight: Andrea De Mink

Andrea De Mink wears many hats. She has administered the Irvington Neighbors Facebook Page nearly since its inception, where she also entertains neighbors with discussions about her electricity usage. She serves on the Historic Irvington Community Council, which holds monthly meetings and participates in events throughout the year. You can see her walking through the neighborhood almost daily. Her deepest passion, however, is in helping people. Andrea started working with individuals experiencing homelessness 21 years ago, and in 2004, she formed The PourHouse, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists individuals experiencing homelessness in overcoming barriers to housing, treatment, and healthcare. The inspiration started with a chance encounter. While running her own IT business downtown, she met and befriended an individual who was digging through the trash for food. She devoted time and energy to knowing his goals and the goals of others in similar situations. When she realized how passionate she felt about helping others, she started the organization that, to date, has housed nearly 300 individuals since 2014. The PourHouse feeds an average of 250 individuals twice per week, but can see numbers as high as 400 some evenings. During the week, she and her team of dedicated volunteers work to address her clients’ broad range of needs. In January, Andrea was recognized as a Champion of Diversity by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine. And with the help of her local supporters, The PourHouse received the Indiana Members Credit Union Gives Back donation of $6,000. How long have you lived and/or worked here in Irvington? Andrea has lived in Irvington for over 15 years. She rented at New York and Emerson for 5 years. “I knew I wanted to stay on the east side and loved the old houses in Irvington.” What do you do for fun? Andrea enjoys landscaping, taking care of her koi, and anything that relates to animals, nature, walking, or biking. She is a Certified Koi Keeper, which means she has been trained to sedate and inject koi, then later revive them. She discovered through her training, when her koi become ill, how they can be treated and brought back to good health. What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood? Andrea likes to walk nearly every day for her own health. She favors her path from Lowell to Kitley, Pleasant Run to Layman. She also likes to change up the view by going through Ellenberger Park, down 9th Street to Arlington. If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first? If Andrea were Mayor of Irvington for a day, she would “remove the parking spots in front of Ossip so you can see to pull out onto East Washington and not die.” What’s your connection to IDO? As an active member of the Public Safety Committee for the Historic Irvington Community Council, Andrea works closely with IDO on decisions that affect the individuals, families, and businesses of...

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Irvington Green Initiative Regroups

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News | 0 comments

Irvington Green Initiative Regroups

Irvington Green Initiative just kicked off the Resilient Community Building series with a meet-up at Bittersweet on January 28. The group focused on renewability via community recycling and composting. About 30 Irvington neighbors enjoyed communing over Laura Johnston’s light appetizers. If you missed the meet-up, here’s something you can do right now. Call Mayor Joe Hogsett (317-327-3601) and your City-County Council rep (for many of us, it’s Blake Johnson, District 12, at 317-721-3487). Let them know you want a comprehensive, sustainable materials management plan and curbside service for all of Indianapolis! Then, be sure to like and follow Irvington Green Initiative on Facebook for neighborhood info, ideas, and action opportunities. Contact us at irvingtongreen@gmail.com to get on our e-list for future...

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New Signage Directs Visitors to Destinations and Parking

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News | 0 comments

New Signage Directs Visitors to Destinations and Parking

There’s much more to Irvington than what we find on the Washington Street corridor. In an effort to highlight those off-the-beaten-path treasures, we’ve created signage that points the way to shops, parks, and trails. IDO’s Public Spaces Committee worked with Lodge Design, who provided the design based on the Irvington logo colors for free. The city manufactured and installed the signs. One sign is installed at the intersection of Washington Street and Audubon Road, and the other is installed at Washington Street and Ritter Avenue. “The Public Spaces Committee realized that Irvington was becoming a destination, and we needed to do something to help our visitors find parts of the neighborhood that they might miss if they just stay on Washington Street,” said Erika Hinshaw, IDO’s Public Spaces Committee chair. We thank DPW and Lodge Design for producing and installing the...

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Community Donations Keep Street Lights Lit

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News | 0 comments

Community Donations Keep Street Lights Lit

We have two announcements about the street lights included in IDO’s Streetscape project that has revitalized our Washington Street business corridor with infrastructure improvements, additional lighting and landscaping, and bike racks. IDO is responsible for paying the light bill for the 30 street lights, which costs $12,000 annually. NAP tax credits reward donors. IDO’s tax credit allocation to help donors to the street lights fund has been extended. It’s a great way for you to help the Streetscape stay bright, clean, and green while also saving some green on your taxes. The state offers Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits to individuals and businesses who donate to eligible programs, including the Streetscape. For the next two months, up to $1,158 in donations to the street lights fund are eligible for a direct credit against the taxpayer’s state tax liability up to 50% of the donation amount. The minimum donation is $100 and it must be made before March 31, 2017.  So for a $100 donation, you can take $50 off what you owe in state taxes. You can also claim the full $100 as a deduction on your federal taxes if you itemize, further lowering your out-of-pocket costs. For more information on how you can help the Streetscape and save money, contact margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org. HICC pledges an annual donation. At its January meeting, Historic Irvington Community Council voted in favor of supporting streetscape maintenance with an annual $2,000 contribution to the street light fund. That’s five streetlights and 17% of the bill! Thanks especially to council Vice President Mike Spilbeler, who introduced the donation to the council for...

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Coal Yard Developers Revamp IHPC Application

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

Coal Yard Developers Revamp IHPC Application

At its February 1, 2017 hearing, IHPC advised Coal Yard developers to rework their application for a certificate of appropriateness for the Bonna Avenue property. The commission asked developers to reconsider architectural style and landscaping for the site. The City of Indianapolis videotapes these hearings and posts them publicly online. The site proposal in the application incorporated suggestions that Irvington neighbors contributed during the past four months in community meetings, emails and phone calls, and face-to-face meetings with the developers and IDO staff and board members. Developers will resubmit the application, and the commission will hear the case on April 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the public assembly room at the City-County building. Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) holds design and zoning jurisdiction over 12 designated historic districts to preserve the character and fabric of historically significant areas and...

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