We would like to thank everyone who came out to learn about the new Kelly Park! The pizza was great but the conversation was better!
The Old Southside is located just south of downtown Indianapolis and is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.
We would like to thank everyone who came out to learn about the new Kelly Park! The pizza was great but the conversation was better!
Show of hands, who’s attending the next community meeting??
We’d love to connect and chat!!
The initial meeting for the Lift Indy Steering Committee took place at Concord Neighborhood Center in the Old Southside on January 12th. The Old Southside Neighborhood Association received $4.5M from the City of Indianapolis. This is an exciting time as the neighborhood works in partnership with the Concord Neighborhood Center, the City of Indianapolis, Stadium Village Business Association, indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership and Core Planning Strategies.
The first project will be the upgrade to Kelly Park which is adjacent to the Concord Neighborhood Center. Initial meetings have taken place with Indy Parks to discuss the many options the Lift Indy grant will make possible.
INHP will be overseeing the construction of 13 affordable home and the Owner Occupied Repair Program. applications being taken now through the INHP website at www.inhp.org
Another portion of the grant will be placemaking for South Meridian Street from McCarty to Arizona.
Seated from front left:
Ike McCoy, Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate
Peter Kuhns, Lift Indy Team Member-at-Large
Pastor Jed Fuller, Impact Old Southside
Judith Essex, Old Southside Resident
Jason Larrison, Core Planning Strategies
Kate Warpool, City of Indianapolis
Seated from front right:
Niki Girls, Director Concord Neighborhood Center
Deb Kunce, Core Planning Strategies
Tom Dale, Stadium Village Business Association
John Bragg, Stadium Village Business Association
John Sauter, Sacred Heart Catholic Church
The Old Southside Neighborhood Association will be holding our monthly meeting at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 1125 S. Meridian Street this Wednesday February 13 at 6:30 pm. Please join us in an evening filled with fun, community engagement and maybe even some prizes! Make sure you wear your favorite red outfit in honor of Valentine's Day. Cupid will be recognizing the "best dressed", "most creative" and "the most loved by the community". Look forward to seeing you there!
Mayor Joe Hogsett announces Neighborhood of the Month for November - Old Southside to be highlighted
INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Joe Hogsett announced this week that Old Southside will be the city’s ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ for November 2018. The ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ program highlights Indianapolis neighborhood initiatives, works to engage community groups and promotes projects by City departments.
Located east of the White River and just south of downtown, this neighborhood is highlighted as the beginning foundation of what is now Indianapolis. As the city began to take shape in the 1800s, this area become home to a diverse group of immigrants. By 1890, this community was densely populated and had the highest percentage of foreign-born residents of any district in the city.
Many of the early immigrants in this community were of diverse faiths. These faiths were reflected by the number of churches that were erected to address the many needs within the neighborhood. The churches addressed spiritual encouragement, social and economic issues and aiding citizens to settle into their new urban homes. Churches like Sacred Heart Catholic Church and South Calvary Baptist Church were founded during this era and are still making a difference in the Old Southside community and throughout the city today.
This historic neighborhood is now the home of Lucas Oil Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility that is home to the Indianapolis Colts and Indy Eleven. Old Southside was put on the world stage when Indianapolis became the host of the Super Bowl during the NFL 2011-2012 season. The Giants would go on to defeat Colts’ rival the Patriots in a 21-17 victory.
“Since the start of our great city, we acknowledge our rich and diverse past while continuing to write the future history of Indianapolis,” Mayor Hogsett said. “Old Southside is the classic example of making and writing history and why I am proud to highlight this community as Neighborhood of the Month.”
History continues to be made in Old Southside as the community will be recipients of the Lift Indy grant for 2018. The program was created for long-term neighborhood revitalization through two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants - the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
Lift Indy comes as part of Mayor Hogsett’s commitment to transforming Indianapolis neighborhoods. This strategic investment of public funds aims to support the growth of economic development opportunities, the preservation and development of quality affordable housing, creative placemaking, availability of social services, infrastructure, public amenities, social engagement, and other aspects of quality of life that make up a complete neighborhood. The funds will be targeted in areas where public investments could help realize market potential. Old Southside will become the second neighborhood across the city to receive funding. Councillor Jefferson Shreve represents Old Southside.
“Old Southside continues to make strides to become an area to live, work and play” said Councillor Shreve, “I am honored for the recognition and future investment from Mayor Hogsett to further advance the neighborhood’s efforts to become a great community and neighborhood for its residents.”
Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the hashtag #IndyNoM when posting on social media about Old Southside. To nominate your neighborhood for Neighborhood of the Month visit: http://indy.gov/NoM.
New Hope Church youth group from Whitestown comes to Old Southside. The Palmer Street bridge garden and the Union Street Pumpkin Patch now look a lot better. Thanks to Christy and all the youth!
Concord Birthday Party
Halloween was a big day in the Old Southside and it wasn’t scary! It was awesome with Mayor Hogsett, Councilor Shreve, Director Emily Mack there to announce that the Old Southside received the 2nd Lift Indy grant of $4 million! Look out world, here we come!
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Old Southside Neighborhood Association
It's now 36 hours after the big Lift Indy announcement yesterday and it still seems like a dream. But I saw it on television, so it must be true. Right? If you didn't catch it on television or you can't get our local channels, you can check it out here. https://www.wthr.com/…/millions-grants-are-won-old-southsid …. Thanks again to everyone who made Announcement Day so special. Several neighbors provided home baked cookies, host Concord Neighborhood Center the hot cider, Brian Shapiro for sending sandwiches and Justin and Jeff for folding the napkins.
Individuals with disabilities may contact Jerry Luna at [email protected], or 317.655.5680, for assistance with access to the public inspection files.
The Old Southside picked up two trees from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful on Saturday. On hand to help load up was Joe Jarzen of KIB, Judith Essex and Randy Botos from the Old Southside, Allie Kast and Gerardo Ruiz Tovar of KIB.
Who remembers this?
Bluff Rd/ Meridian st looking south.
The Old Southside has a new City Councilor, Jefferson Shreve. We are fortunate to have a seasoned former Councilor step forward to fill this vacancy. Welcome back Jefferson!
The Old Southside made the front page of the Sunday Indianapolis Star. The article Homes now parking for NFL stadium talks about the Babe Denny Picnic and the history of the area. Check it out!
Also, don’t forget our September 12th meeting will be a Social Event starting with dinner at 5:30. Impact Old Southside and Sacred Heart Catholic Church have partnered to provide this meal prior to the Old Southside Neighborhood Meeting. The dinner/meeting will be at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 1125 S. Meridian Street. Following dinner, there will be a few brief announcements, then the BINGO begins, which means prizes.
At the August meeting there was a suggestion to have the September meeting at the Babe Denny Park. However, the dinner had been in the planning stages for several weeks. There are tentative plans to have the November meeting at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church which is near the Babe Denny Park. Our guest that evening will be from the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.
Sure hope you can join us for dinner and Bingo on September 12!
Judith Essex. President
Old Southside Neighborhood Association
“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something” Henry David Thoreau
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This is a local business located in the former Mayes Matress factory right here in The Old Southside! They hire approx 100 employees for October and would like to source them from the neighborhood!
If you or a friend, teen or family member is interested, sign up!
Call 317-912-3845 with questions.
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What a day for the Old Southside when the incoming Freshman Class from Marian University arrived to help with some projects. Thanks to their efforts the neighborhood got some much needed chores down. A big THANKS to some of the neighbors who led these projects! Whitney Cooper, Heather Gallagher, Lisa Hale and Ben Marrow. Also thanks to Lela Gallagher at Marian University for choosing the Old Southside Neighborhood for Freshman Orientation weekend.
A big thanks to Pastor Jed Fuller and Impact Old Southside for planning and Sacred Heart Catholic Church for hosting the 2018 National Night Out. You know it’s a success when there’s a dash to buy more hotdogs!! The kids loved the bounce house. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event such a success.
Open House yesterday at the Indiana Rail Road new executive headquarters. This is the Sante Fe Club Car that is used for special events and was the dessert car for the Open House. Pretty neat to see this bit of Railroad history and the beautiful new offices. Welcome to the Old Southside!
Old Southside Beautification Committee Chair Lisa Hale organized a great group today. They got the Welcome Garden ready for summer and assisted the Business Association with their annual planting of the Meridian Street flower pots. Thanks Jed, Whitney, David B. , David C. , Patty, Jeff and Lisa! Great job.
Indiana Rail Road pitches in at Fuller House on Caven St. today. Thanks!
Another busy day on Caven Street. The roof went on late yesterday. Incredible volunteers! 💕💕
The Wall Build Team from Mount Pleasant Christian Church arrived in the Old Southside this morning. First step to two new Fuller Homes for two of our young families
Last day for the Emrich Building. So much history, furniture manufacturing, retail store, office building then vacant. New owner Don Good has big plans for the corner and it will bring new value and some jobs to the Old Southside. Thanks Don!
Mayor’s Diversity Awards Luncheon
The walk gives the mayor and police chief a chance to get up close and personal with people they might otherwise not meet in person.
Do you like to eat?? I know I do!!
Check out a local business, right here in your neighborhood!!!
Open every day 7am to 4pm
215 East Terrace Ave
Check out Sisters' Place - Now, "Christina's Pancake House" for more info!!!
Did you miss our party tonight??
Here’s a snippet of what you missed!!
We were so excited to see such a great turn out! We really enjoyed meeting so Many new people!
A big thanks to Ray Flack at Gate Ten for hosting the Old Southside Neighborhood Holiday Party. We all had a wonderful time. The decorations were wonderful, the food was good and the desserts amazing. The Saran Wrap Ball game was so much fun and the kids loved the candy that spilled from that ball. Another big thanks to the Party Committee; Ben, Whitney, Kristen, Lisa, Jed and Adrienne for bringing it all together.
Today a delegation from the Old Southside attended a meeting at the State House on the Neighborhood Enhancement Property Tax Relief program. This is legislation authored by Rep. Cherrish Pryor that needs our support and will help protect those homeowners who have been in the neighborhood a long time. Those attending were Pastor Jed and Adrienne Fuller, Judith Essex, Crystal Bridgewater and Father Janezic.
This morning I visited our James Whitcomb Riley mural at 203 Palmer Street and came away angry and frustrated. This mural was done by Dan Thompson the summer of June 2015. We have had some kids spray paint on it, but have managed to clean it up. This time it's a mess and they have actually spray painted their entire name.
Did you know that we have a locally owned business right here in the neighborhood that is looking to fill 100 part time seasonal positions?
That's right, the former Mays Mattress Factory is home to House of Trepidation Haunted House and they are hiring for their 2017 team.
Sign up for a interview here: https://goo.gl/forms/uOMpfAMEU2L98hIg1
Feel free to share and invite anyone who may be interested!
Wonderful evening for IMPD National Night Out at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the Old Southside. Great turnout sponsored by Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Impact Old Southside and Old Southside Neighborhood Association. Officers Miller and Speigle from IMPD Southeast District spent quite a bit of time visiting with neighbors. Thanks guys for all you do to protect our neighborhood.
This is an event you're not going to want to miss!!
See you there tomorrow!!
Granddaughter Lily and I delivering the August Urban Times. Check out Page 24 for Old Southside news. There was a typo so please note the National Night Out is August 1st.
Sponsored by the City of Indianapolis, Indy Food Council, and Purdue Extension-Marion County
Mayor Joe Hogsett is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and solving issues of food access and food security in Indianapolis. Across the city, and especially in low-income neighborhoods, residents may face barriers to accessing healthy and affordable food. Lack of access to nutritious food can negatively affect diet and health, and can often be traced as a root cause of crime. The People’s Food Summit aims to bring together the people of the City of Indianapolis and Marion County with City officials and subject-matter experts to engage in developing a comprehensive strategy for addressing problems of limited food access.
The Food Summit’s Morning Session will include an exploration of current and upcoming activities across Marion County. The Morning Session will be followed by a catered lunch provided by the Indy Food Council.
The Food Summit’s Afternoon Session will include strategic planning preparation be led by Purdue Extension-Marion County. The session will allow community members to organize themselves, based on their personal interests in the food system, by defined strategic topics. Each strategic working group will develop a vision, mission, objectives, and strategies to create a positive impact on Marion County’s food system. Following the Summit, the working groups will dedicate themselves to three subsequent meetings to develop a comprehensive, replicable strategy to addressing a specific food access challenge.. By the end of the year, all strategic documents will be compiled to create a county-wide, community-based strategy for food access.
The following topics will guide the strategic planning process. The strategic topics encompass all aspects of the City of Indianapolis’ and Marion County’s food system; from agricultural production to foodservice outlets.
1. Urban Agriculture
Urban agriculture involves cultivating, processing, and distributing food in a city. Urban agriculture can also involve community gardening, animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, urban beekeeping, and horticulture.
2. Alternatives to Retail Supermarkets
Nontraditional forms of healthy food retail, outside of supermarkets, that are bringing fresh food to residents of underserved communities. In many cases these markets have adopted unique and innovative business strategies to successfully serve consumers. Examples include mobile delivery, farmers’ markets, buying clubs, etc.
3. Improvements to Food Service
More than 30 million U.S. schoolchildren eat at least one cafeteria meal per school day. Over one-quarter of people in the U.S. eat at a fast-food restaurant two or more times per week. Although, schools and restaurants had made strides on including healthier options in the last several years, there is still work to be done.
4. Health & Nutrition
The compliment to improving accessibility and availability of healthy, affordable food is educating individuals on the benefits of good health and nutrition. Educational and community-based programs encourage and enhance health and nutrition by educating community members on various topics.
Improving transportation options to and from such food sources as supermarkets and farmers’ markets increases a community's access to healthy foods. Transportation improvements may include increasing bus routes to food retailers and supermarket-sponsored shuttle services.
6. Hunger Relief
One in five residents of Marion County is food insecure, meaning that they don't always know where their next meal will come from. Despite federal nutrition programs and charitable hunger relief organizations providing assistance, hunger is still a persistent problem in our city. Hunger relief partners are working on new ways to improve access to healthy foods for all Marion County residents.
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10:00am- Gather and check-in
Thanks Rabble Coffee and Wildwood Market for morning coffee and snacks!
10:20-12pm- Updates/ Presentations
10:20 Indianapolis LISC
10:30 City of Indianapolis
10:50 Urban Agriculture
11:00 Alternatives to Retail Supermarket
11:10 Improvements to Food Service
11:20 Health and Nutrition
11:40 Hunger Relieve
11:50 State of Food System Report
12-12:30pm Grab lunch and screen Urban Ag Incubator and Neighborhood Food Champion Videos
Thanks Tlaolli for providing lunch!
12:30- 2:30pm Breakouts/ Strategic Planning Preparation
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