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IEPZ-100For the past 10 years, IndyEast residents, major institutions and community partners have worked together to create a new story for our neighborhood. We have moved our community forward according to the ambitious, resident-created Quality of Life Plan. We are strong, organized and uniquely prepared to grow our neighborhood over the next decade. Together and with commitments from all levels of the City of Indianapolis, we are ready to invest the time, efforts and resources to fulfill our Promises.


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IndyEast Promise Zone Baseline Report

General Newsletter – August 2019

Grants Newsletter – August 2019


201 Studios Provides Makers and Artists with Space to Work and Grow

The Near Eastside is home to a wide variety of former industrial sites. As the economy has shifted throughout the past half-century, many industrial facilities have been abandoned or sold by their original owners, often times leading to destruction and decay. While these old sites and buildings pose a challenge to the redevelopment process of the Near Eastside, they are […]

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RecycleForce Set to Use Federal Funds for Reentry Job Training

On July 17, 2019, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced nearly $86 million in grant awards through its Reentry Projects program, including a $1.5 million award to Indianapolis-based RecycleForce. RecycleForce is a social enterprise located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis that focuses on the environmentally-sustainable disposal and destruction of electronics. Though electronic recycling is a vital and unique […]

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EPA Investment Highlights Variety of Redevelopment Opportunities on Near Eastside

The recent award of a Brownfields Multipurpose Grant to the City of Indianapolis marks the fifth investment by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2015 that will directly affect the IndyEast Promise Zone (IEPZ). This latest award represents a continuing commitment to environmental remediation and redevelopment by the EPA, the City, and our community. Brownfields, as designated by the […]

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White House Announces List of Federal Programs with Opportunity Zone Preference

Opportunity Zones are federally certified census tracts in low-income areas that provide tax incentives for capital investment. These zones are intended to spur investment in under-served communities, both urban and rural. The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council was created to help coordinate resources that can be used in Opportunity Zones and other economically disadvantaged communities. The Council has identified […]

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Now Open: Minnie Hartmann Center, Affordable Senior Housing

  Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) and development partner TWG have completed the housing portion of the Minnie Hartmann Center, a multifamily senior affordable housing building redeveloped from IPS School #78. The Minnie Hartmann Center consists of 64 affordable rentals for adults 55 and older. The Center will also include a full-day childcare center for 150+ children operated by Shepherd […]

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A New Life for Sherman Park

For most of the past century, the 50-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Michigan Street and Sherman Drive on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis was a bustling economic hub. Having hosted General Electric (GE), the RCA Corporation (formerly the Radio Corporation of America), and Thomson Consumer Electronics in succession, the tract was a worksite for approximately 8,000 people, many […]

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Can Public Art Reduce Crime? Near Eastside Neighbors, Artists, and Officers Think So.

For many residents of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Arts Garden, Gallery 924, and the Indy Arts Guide are the most obvious emblems of the Arts Council of Indianapolis citywide. Lesser known are the Arts Council’s efforts to secure major grants for community-led arts initiatives in pursuit of its mission to “advocate for the need and importance of broad community funding and […]

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Façade Grants Enhance Appeal of Near Eastside Commercial Spaces

Pictured above: Ruckus Makerspace, a property of Riley Area Development Corporation, which benefited from painting, landscaping, and window replacement funded in part by one of LISC’s facade grants (Source: North Mass Indy)   Many storefronts in the IndyEast Promise Zone have been around for several decades, longer than even their most resilient tenants. Peeling paint, burned-out lights, cracked windows, dead […]

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Hoy Polloy Brings Accessible, Community-Curated Art to St. Clair Place

The Near Eastside of Indianapolis is home to artists of all disciplines and experience levels, but nonetheless has a dearth of permanent spaces specifically dedicated to community-oriented artistry and art exhibition. Hoy Polloy, an artist-run gallery, performance venue, and event space at 2121 East 10th Street, was established by Near Eastside community members in the summer of 2018 to fill […]

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King Dough Brings Fresh Flavors to Holy Cross

If you are a pizza aficionado on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside, then you know that your local options for a good slice or pie used to be few, branches of chain restaurants, and most likely far from your home or workplace. Thanks to Alicia and Adam Sweet, who opened King Dough in Holy Cross at the end of January 2019, Near […]

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