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A Look Back at The Irvington Lofts

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Look Back at The Irvington Lofts

By Nancy Larner Ruschman Remember the former Indy East Motel? If you do, you might recall what an eyesore the structure was, not to mention the crime and other troublesome elements it attracted. In 2006 the city revoked Indy East’s license to operate, and finally shuttered it in 2009 due to an extremely high number of police runs and neighbor complaints on this nuisance property. Here’s how a blighted property became a popular, affordable living space. From Indy East to Irvington Lofts A few years after Indy East’s closing, Irvington Development Organization (IDO) stepped in and purchased this property at 5855 East Washington Street from the county, and in 2011 received the green light from the city to demolish the structure and build a proposed 50-unit apartment complex, which was pivotal for the ongoing redevelopment of the Irvington commercial district. For those who might not be familiar with IDO, our mission is consistent with the transformation of the Indy East Motel into the The Irvington Lofts. We “work 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.” IDO accomplishes all of this with only one employee and a volunteer board made up of Irvington residents and business owners. Given our mission, we saw a fantastic opportunity to replace a blighted site with a new structure that would bring investment to the Irvington community. And invest we did. IDO received Section 42 tax credits for the site, which sweetened the pot for project investors. Various partners, through Great Lakes Capital Fund (now Cinnaire), invested $8.7 million in the new apartment building, which offers primarily one-bedroom apartments balanced with a few studios and two-bedroom units. Additionally, Franciscan Health redeveloped the 50-year-old doctor’s office to the west of the apartments with some of the same partners. These two properties represent an $11 million investment. Investments in the Irvington Business Corridor In addition to working on The Lofts, IDO brought increased interest to the business corridor and new business blossomed in the heart of Irvington. With The Legend and the former Dufour’s already serving as solid anchors in the commercial district, Starbucks opened in 2007, and soon after Jockamo opened, followed by Black Sheep in 2010 and Ossip in 2012. Black Acre, a true game changer in Irvington, opened in 2013, and from there several additional businesses opened their doors between 2013 and 2016, most of which have flourished. From 2012 to 2016 IDO completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Irvington Streetscape, plunging another $2.9 million into the community. IDO also facilitated an additional $2.5 million in public infrastructure in Irvington in just the past two years. The improvements in Irvington have moved beyond the business corridor to include a rise in home values as Irvingtonians have seen the median assessed value of their homes climb to $90,000, an increase of $8,700 over the last six years. The Section 42 tax credit financing (see sidebar for more info on this topic) helped to make possible a number of desirable features that make The Lofts extremely energy efficient and sustainable: a community garden, a green roof, a cistern to collect rain water, a solar roof, and a permeable courtyard, in addition to meeting space that...

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Community Views Coal Yard Lofts Mixed-use Development Proposal

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News | 0 comments

By Heidi Unger On the second Tuesday of 2017, Third Street Ventures and Blackline Studio presented the third version of the site proposal for the Bonna Avenue property. The design is a hybrid of previously presented designs, created with neighbor feedback in mind. The proposal (including any minor tweaks resulting from the community discussion) will be submitted to IHPC for approval, and the commission will hear the case on February 1, 2017 at the City-County building. Download the 2-1-17 IHPC Agenda and Coal Yard Staff Report PDF. (If you’d like to watch the meeting where this project was discussed, check out Irvington Development Organization on YouTube.) Community members (approximately 40 in attendance) viewed the new site plan, which includes a two-story, L-shaped, mixed-use building. The commercial portion of the building features a modern-looking brick and wood exterior, accented with a two-story trellis. The residential façade features gables and board and batten siding, a nod to the surrounding residential area. Apartment units cantilever outward from the main structure to provide additional space and soften the exterior look. The highest point of the building is two feet shorter than the adjacent commercial property on Ritter Avenue. The development, previously referred to as The Coal Factory, has been renamed Coal Yard Lofts, noting the urban feel of residential space with high ceilings and exposed duct work and the absence of industrial (factory) space in the building. The building’s anchor is a 3,000 square-foot, first-floor commercial space and community room with glass overhead doors. The community room faces Bonna Avenue and the Pennsy Trail. The commercial space is designed for three business or retail tenants, such as a coffee shop. The site plan includes 46 residential units. The parking area will contain spaces for 91 automobiles, which is higher than the 84 spaces required by city ordinance. IHPC will not require a parking variance. As mentioned in earlier meetings, an 8-foot privacy fence will border a portion of the irregularly shaped property. Site drainage hasn’t been designed, but developers are committed to mitigating the drainage issues that have caused headaches for adjacent property owners. At this early stage, developers expect to include swales, potentially at the back (south) side of the building. Swales are a natural way to manage storm water. The site is also expected to include underground retention, most likely at the north end of the property. Phase I of the environmental study is complete. If the project moves forward, a Phase II assessment will provide more detail about the scope of the work required. Developers would work hand in hand with the appropriate state and local agencies to meet or exceed any requirements for remediating site contamination. The development team intends to use high-quality, durable building materials in accordance with IHPC recommendations and requirements, including brick, wood, and fiber cement products. Choices for exterior wood used on the building include a durable oak and ash product (depending on availability) or stained cedar. The building’s masonry stair towers will be constructed of charcoal-colored block, an architectural reference to the property’s former history as a coal yard. Galvanized metal and wire mesh railings will be installed on balconies. The building currently occupied by Playground Productions and Black Acre Brewing will remain on the property and might at some point be sold to the...

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Notes from 12/06/2016 Community Meeting Regarding Coal Factory Development

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News, Neighborhoods, Research | 0 comments

Notes from 12/06/2016 Community Meeting Regarding Coal Factory Development

Notes from 12/06/2016 Community Meeting Regarding Coal Factory Development Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 North Audubon Road, Indianapolis, IN Presenters: Jarod Brown and Antone Najem, Third Street Ventures; Craig McCormick, Blackline Studios; Margaret Banning, Irvington Development Organization Margaret Banning mentioned that several people had asked about demographics and how Irvington compares to other neighborhoods. She referred neighbors to www.savi.org and www.indyvitals.org. These tools provide lots of useful data, including this info: Irvington is the 14th most dense neighborhood in Marion County, and that’s more dense than the county at large. The median assessed value of Irvington homes is $90,000, and in the last six years, that has increased $8,700. Regarding Section 42 tax credits awarded by IHCDA, there have been approximately 150 Section 42 tax credit projects in Indianapolis since the program began. The handout Margaret distributed also linked to these articles and studies: “Opposition to affordable housing in Tinley Park rooted in unfounded fears, experts say,” Chicago Tribune, https://goo.gl/qKbgyD “Does Federally Subsidized Rental Housing Depress Neighborhood Property Values?,” National Housing Conference, https://goo.gl/JUa9NL “There Doesn’t Go the Neighborhood: Low-Income Housing Has No Impact on Nearby Home Values,” Trulia, https://goo.gl/20qfw0 How does Section 42 differ from other rent assistance programs, like Section 8?  The residents who live in Section 42 units must be income and program eligible similar to residents who live in rental assistance developments. However, the rent that a Section 42 resident will pay is capped at a fixed amount and includes utilities that are the resident’s responsibility. In rental assistance programs such as Section 8, the resident’s rent is based on 30% of his/her income and the remaining adjusted portion is funded by the federal government. The Section 42 Program is not a government- subsidized rental program. During the meeting, several neighbors mentioned how they were feeling about the proposed development. Some said they’re still anxious about the proposal and fast pace of the project, and uncertain that the residential component is right for the neighborhood. They suggested that a different type of development, such as an ice skating rink or commercial property, might be a better fit. Other neighbors said they’re eager to move forward, especially because the property has been in such bad condition for a number of years. Other neighbors expressed a neutral attitude and desire to hear more from the developers. Craig McCormick reminded neighbors that while the pace of the project seems fast, there’s still a long way to go toward a finished development. He reminded neighbors that award of the tax credits won’t be announced before February. In order to give neighbors more time to provide feedback, and developers time to respond to that feedback, the next IHPC hearing has been moved to February 1st. He said it’s likely that work wouldn’t begin on the site before late 2017. Neighbors who attended the meeting were shown two new proposals and asked for their feedback. Craig stated that although the drawings look finished, they’re simply mockups, not final. Note: It’s important that neighbors understand that while the developers are working hard to create a product that neighbors are happy with, the plans presented in the meetings are subject to change, as almost always happens in a complex project like this when conditions in the field may dictate it. Proposal A: This would...

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Become an IDO Financial Supporter!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, Featured, IDO News, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

Become an IDO Financial Supporter!

Dear Irvington Neighbors and Friends, Irvington is such an exciting place to call home! When folks move here, we stay put because it is such a great place to live.  When neighbors do decide to move, their houses are scooped up within days.   We should be grateful that we live in one of the most vibrant, walkable and bikeable neighborhoods in Indianapolis.  Plus, Irvingtonians are engaged. They care.  They join organizations, get to know each other and are passionate about keeping it a neighborhood in the true sense of the word—a place marked by kindly concern. Irvington Development Organization plays an important role in the fabric of our neighborhood.  We exist to promote and nurture Irvington as a desirable place to live, work and conduct business.  We have successes to back us up as doers, not talkers.  Consider the Washington Street streetscape and the Irvington Lofts, two of our most visible success stories.  IDO was instrumental in making those two projects happen. And, they have been incubators for other positive development in our neighborhood.  The Indianapolis Department of Public Works recently identified $2.5 million in public investment in Irvington in just the past two years. IDO also works in less dramatic ways—for example, it: Is the first stop for businesses that want to locate here. Organizes neighborhood clean-up projects. (October’s was a huge success!) Sponsors the Green Initiative to help us all do our part toward a more sustainable planet. Leveraged $1.2 million in federal funds for the recent curbs, sidewalks and re-paving project on Washington Street. Pays the monthly tab for the decorative street lighting in the business district. Plus, we have plans for the future.  We are working diligently to facilitate long-term redevelopment of high-value/high-impact neighborhood sites, such as Irvington Plaza and the old Foamcraft facility on Bonna Avenue.  Since 2002, IDO has been doing, not just talking. Please help by partnering with us to keep Irvington the place we proudly call home.  How might you do that? Step forward as a volunteer. Discover how on our website. Become an IDO member—a modest contribution to help IDO do what it does best. But most of all—become a financial supporter. Donating is easy.  Choose the “Get Involved—Support IDO” option on our website: www.irvingtondevelopment.org. We have decided to draw on Irvington’s history to name our giving levels: $500 and up: Kile Oak Level (includes household IDO membership) $250-$499: National Road Level (includes household IDO membership) $100-$250: Ellenberger Park Level (includes household IDO membership) $50-$99: Washington Irving Level Please join me in becoming an IDO supporter.  We really appreciate it! Don Lundberg Board...

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Coal Factory Redevelopment: IDO Community Update Meeting Dec 6, 2016

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, Events, Featured, IDO News, Irvington News, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

Coal Factory Redevelopment:  IDO Community Update Meeting Dec 6, 2016

    Coal Factory Redevelopment:  IDO Community Update Meeting Tuesday, December 6 6:00 pm Fellowship Hall Irvington United Methodist Church 30 N. Audubon Rd. (please note the location change) Irvington Development Organization is hosting the second in a series of meetings over the next couple of months before the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) hears the rest of the items (variances, site plan, design, and demolition) in the proposed redevelopment of the Coal Factory property. This meeting will be a chance for the development team to show two versions of the project designs based on the comments from the neighbors in previous meetings.    To recap, IHPC voted to include residential and artisan and beverage/food production uses in the CS zoning of the property at their November hearing. They are scheduled to hear the additional items at their January 4, 2017 hearing unless it needs to be continued further out. No actual work can be done on the site until those other items are approved. Please come with your ideas for how to make the project better! For notes from the last meeting and additional facts regarding the Coal Factory Redevelopment, please click here. Questions? contact Margaret at Margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org, 317-260-0669 or Antone at antone@thirdstreetventures.com. ______________________ 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. To donate to IDO or become a member click...

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November Neighbor Spotlight: Tara Schnaus Elder of Simply Helpful

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, Featured, Irvington News, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

November Neighbor Spotlight: Tara Schnaus Elder of Simply Helpful

This article was posted from our November IDO Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter which includes highlights from the Irvington Masquerade Ball, a run-down on new Irvington businesses, and additional great info here. Tara Schnaus Elder’s aptly named business, Simply Helpful, lends a hand to those who need help minimizing the chaos in their professional and personal worlds. If this scenario sounds familiar, know that Tara provides free consultations and is currently booking clients for January.   How long have you lived and worked here? I’ve lived here 10 years and I started Simply Helpful in my home 5 years ago. How did you first hear of Irvington and why did you move here? My (would be) in-laws lived here, and I bought a house on the street behind them when I was dating their son. A number of years later, I married him and we bought a bigger house two blocks away after we were married. What do you do for fun? I spend most of my fun time watching the world through the eyes of my two sons (3 ½ and 9 months).  I also love to cook, listen to audio books, attend my book club (celebrating 13 years together!), and plan periodic outings for the Irvington Mom’s Facebook Group. What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood? I love our street. We live on Pleasant Run South Drive near North Butler Ave and Washington Street. Our porch overlooks the creek, and it’s like a nature preserve. We hear a family of owls calling to one another (what sounds like mom, dad, and a baby learning to call), feed the fish from the footbridge, and I even saw a huge groundhog walk through our yard and clumsily stumble into the brush on the edge of the creek. You never know what you’re going to see (and that includes people, too!). If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first? I assume you mean a mayor with unlimited funds. In that case, I would bring the Ellenberger Park Community Center, which was proposed years ago, to fruition. I would also lure more businesses to Washington Street near Emerson Avenue. That portion of the neighborhood (literally our backyard) has so much potential! What’s your connection to IDO? About 5 years ago, I was on an IDO event planning committee with a number of other wonderful IRV residents. Shortly after that, I started my business, Simply Helpful, and was contracted by IDO to help organize their archives prior to their office move into The Lofts. Then the last two years I planned The Irvington Halloween Festival. Though the Halloween Festival is not an IDO event, IDO is absolutely involved with the festival. I love that IDO is a centralized organization for all things Irvington. We have so many groups and talented people in this community, and IDO is the tether to our many balloons. ______________________ 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...

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IDO Neighbor Meetings re: the Coal Factory Re-Development

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, Featured, IDO News, Irvington News, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

IDO Neighbor Meetings re: the Coal Factory Re-Development

      Coal Factory Redevelopment  IDO Community Update Meeting Tuesday, November 15 5:30 pm Fellowship Hall Irvington Presbyterian Church 55 Johnson Ave. (just prior to the HICC meeting) Irvington Development Organization is hosting the first in a series of meetings over the next couple of months before the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) hears the rest of the items (variances, site plan, design, and demolition) in the proposed redevelopment of the Coal Factory property. This meeting will be a chance for the development team to confirm and clarify as needed the concerns of the neighbors that were heard in previous meetings and to work with the neighbors to address those issues in a revised site plan and design. IHPC voted to include residential and artisan and beverage/food production uses in the CS zoning of the property at their November hearing. They are scheduled to hear the additional items at their January 4, 2017 hearing unless it needs to be continued further out. No actual work can be done on the site until those other items are approved. Please come with your ideas for how to make the project better! For more facts regarding the Coal Factory Redevelopment, please click here. Questions? Margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org, 317-260-0669 or antone@thirdstreetventures.com. ______________________ 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. To donate to IDO or become a member click here.  ...

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The Coal Factory Development Fact Sheet

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, Featured, IDO News, Irvington News, Neighborhoods, Research | 0 comments

The Coal Factory Development Fact Sheet

This document includes 1) Notes from the Nov 15 Community Meeting re: the Coal Factory redevelopment and 2) Additional facts on the the Coal Factory development. Notes from 11/15/2016 Community Meeting Regarding Coal Factory Development Irvington Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 55 Johnson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN Presenters: Jarod Brown and Antone Najem, Third Street Ventures; Craig McCormick, Blackline Studios Jarod thanked everyone for attending. “We’re working diligently to create a property that everyone can be happy with.” Jarod acknowledged previously mentioned neighbor concerns, including parking, population density, lighting, and screening. With those concerns in mind, Third Street is revisting and reworking the proposed plans. Regarding the process for gaining the necessary approvals through IHPC, Jarod noted that only the zoning variance has been approved. IHPC will hear additional items in January or later if necessary. (Update: the IHPC will hear the petition February1, 2017.) Third Street has submitted the application for the Section 42 Tax Credits through Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA). They applied for this funding to open up the most sources of funding to produce the best-quality product. Awards will be announced in late February. If that funding is denied, Third Street does intend to explore going forward with the development. There are other potential sources of funding. In regard to the number of units on the property, there are some requirements attached to the tax credit funding, with some wiggle room. Third Street would need to stay close to the proposal they submitted to IHCDA, so likely the property would end up with 45-55 units. In regard to the brownfield issues on the property, John Mundell of Mundell & Associates confirmed that he has conducted an environmental assessment and determined that the property may be appropriate for residential with some remediation, but that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has the final say. Antone confirmed that Third Street is working hand in hand with state agencies to meet or exceed their requirements. A neighbor asked about asbestos that might be on the property and how the development team would handle it. Third Street assured neighbors that if the assessment shows that there is asbestos on the property, they will hire the appropriate professional services to mitigate it properly in accordance with regulations. Craig McCormick acknowledged neighbors’ concerns about the timing issue regarding the zoning variance. He explained that it was necessary to obtain approval to rezone the property because the application for tax credits from IHCDA required it. Craig presented a proposed site design, created with neighbors’ concerns in mind. The new design includes 45 residential units, commercial space, additional parking (90 spaces onsite; 10’ x 20’), and oversized drive aisles to accommodate delivery trucks. Third Street and Blackline are also looking into installing a bioswale (similar to a rain garden) in place of the previously proposed retention pond. They’re also looking into the potential for some type of community garden space. With this proposal, no parking variance is required. Depending on funding, the market, and other factors, the residential space would include mostly 1-bedroom apartments, some studios, and possibly some 2-bedroom apartments. The developers have not yet engaged a civil engineer, so some matters regarding the site can’t be answered at this time. In regard to neighbors’ concerns about the existing drainage issues, the...

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October Neighbor Spotlight: Carrie Schmidt of Eastside Gypsies

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

October Neighbor Spotlight: Carrie Schmidt of Eastside Gypsies

In the October IDO Newsletter we featured a number of articles including highlights from the IDO Harvest Gala, info on the Neighbor Power conference, a recap of the annual IDO meeting, and some buzz on the Coal Factory. You can read the full newsletter here. Another article included in the October newsletter was our monthly “Neighbor Spotlight,” which focused on Carrie Schmidt, a second-generation Irvingtonian who owns Eastside Gypsies, a henna business. You can find Eastside Gypsies at farmers markets, festivals, and private events such as birthday parties, baby showers, and weddings. For the month of October, Carrie has scheduled some private henna sessions for a few Irvington Halloween Fest Masquerade Ball attendees and will embellish festival-goers at her booth during the street festival. Below is a reprint of that article: How long have you lived and/or worked here in Irvington? I’ve lived in Irvington all my life. Purchased a house across the street from my parents – will be living there ten years in December. How did you first hear of Irvington and why did you move here? I like the historic vibe of the neighborhood – the houses, the architecture, and how close it is to everything – within about 5 miles from downtown, 2 miles from 465 – so it’s a really good jumping off place. And I like how cozy the neighborhood is, along with its charm. What do you do for fun? The same things I get paid to do. I like working on furniture and rehabbing houses. I like doing henna. I’ve been doing henna for 15 years and have made a profession of it. So I really like that a hobby of mine has turned into a profession. I also like to travel, take pictures, and cook. What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood? I live off of Julian Avenue, so I like walking down around the Bona Thompson center. I also like walking to Ellenberger Park. I was sad that we didn’t get the free concert this year because of the weather. That’s always a fun experience. I like walking around looking at houses, too. The entire neighborhood is beautiful. And I do like spring and fall most because that’s when it’s really colorful. If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first? I would like to see more businesses popping up, not necessarily on the strip, but I’d like to see something go into old churches or into the former Rosalyn bakery. I would just like to see all the empty spaced filled. _______________________ 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. To donate to IDO or become a member click here....

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2016 IDO Annual Report

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Blog, Business, East Side Indy, IDO News, Irvington News, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

2016 IDO Annual Report

        IDO’s bylaws require a meeting of the membership every year to provide an update on activities, elect board members, and amend the bylaws if necessary. Please read below for more information on what IDO has been up to over the last year!     Annual Meeting of Members Saturday, September 17, 2016 Annual Report Development Projects: IDO continues to work with prospective developers who have expressed interest in both the Irvington Plaza and the former Post Office sites. Both locations are receiving renewed interest with the success of the core business district on Washington Street and both remain priorities for redevelopment for IDO.  Work on the Coal Factory has stalled and a potential new owner is working with the City of Indianapolis to purchase the property and restart its redevelopment. Business Recruitment and Expansion: Work on The Mug, Griggsby’s Station, and a to-be-named grocery store continues in the strip at Audubon Road and Bonna Avenue with imminent opening dates for The Mug. IDO facilitated the rezoning and approval by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Work also continues on Simply Divine Cupcakes (5844 E. Washington Street) which received a façade improvement grant and Lincoln Square in the former Dufour’s location. Both are aiming for openings in October. Bittersweet Bakery opened in the spring, and Café Caribe joined Irvington’s array of eating establishments in July. Public Spaces: The ribbon was cut by former Mayor Ballard during last year’s Halloween Festival for the leg of the Pennsy Trail from Arlington to Ellenberger Park. The City also finished several other infrastructure projects in the neighborhood including the rebuild of Bonna Avenue and the Washington Street intersections with Audubon Road and Ritter Avenue. Work on the second phase of the Washington Streetscape (Pleasant Run to Irvington Avenue) will be complete before the Halloween Festival. IDO has worked with the City in the design and implementation of these major investments to reduce the inconvenience to residents and to ensure the completed projects bring a lasting benefit to the neighborhood. The City also rebuilt the pedestrian bridge and the Pleasant Run Parkway bridge. Committees: Three committees of the Board have been reinvigorated. The Streetscape Committee has been renamed and refocused to the Public Spaces Committee, led by Erika Hinshaw, and added public art to its agenda. The Irvington Green Initiative took a hiatus when long-time Chair Jeff Echols stepped down. It now has new leadership with Patricia Waters and Katie Schlafer as co-chairs. A current priority is advocating for the transit referendum this November. IGI was just recognized by Sustainable Indiana with a Hoosier Green Light Award for its continuing efforts to green our neighborhood. And the Fundraising Committee, under the leadership of Katie Herrold, has re-booted our revenue generating efforts. Already IDO has received Neighborhood Assistance Program credits to help with our fundraising for the streetscape maintenance, and we had a very profitable event at Tyner Pond Farm hosted by Chris and Amy Baggott. ________________________ 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...

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