Starting in September 2004, IDO secured $2 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. IDO raised the local match of over $250,000 from Indianapolis corporate and philanthropic foundations and Irvington residents and businesses. Construction of Phase I began in 2012, and Phase II followed in 2015.
With the construction behind us, our commitment now is to keep the flowers blooming, trees growing, and lights glowing. We also want to add new amenities and need to replace and repair the features over time. Streetscape maintenance costs at least $20,000 per year. Will you support the Streetscape Maintenance Fund?
The Streetscape Committee broadened its mission and name in 2017 to include other greenspace projects and public art. It’s now called the Public Spaces Committee and hosts organized streetscape cleanups, tree plantings, traffic box murals, bike rack and directional signage installations, and a parking study. The committee is exploring other opportunities for art installations in the neighborhood.