Between September 2004 and July 2005, the Irvington Development Organization secured $1 million in grant money from the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program to revitalize Irvington’s Washington Street Corridor and make it more attractive, safe and pedestrian friendly. Decorative lighting, planters, fencing and benches are among the many planned enhancements.
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To read highlights of the Streetscape plan, you are welcome to review the PDF document:
To obtain the federal dollars, however, the community must raise $300,000 for the first phase of the project, which will include the blocks on Washington Street between Irvington and Bolton avenues. The project has been broken into three phases and will eventually extend from Emerson to Edmondson avenues.
So far, local businesses, residents and non-profit groups have contributed more than $250,000, including a much-appreciated $50,000 boost from the The Indianapolis Foundation (an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation) and Kenra LTD, a national hair-care products company.
Other generous businesses and foundations who’ve contributed include Citizens Gas, Community Hospital, National City Bank, Irvington Shops LLC and David Lurvey, REALTOR Community Investment Initiative, Whistler Piazza Developers LLC and Philip Wilhelm.
Please contact us if you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Washington Corridor Streetscape Project. For more information, see our Streetscape sign in front of the Irvington Library (pictured) or contact Executive Director Margaret Banning at 260-0669 or email@example.com.