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
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 significant homes and businesses. To donate to IDO or become a member click here.