Category: Live Indy East

Feast of Lanterns 2021

Feast of Lanterns Makes a Triumphant Return

This past Saturday, August 28th, marked the return of the near eastside festival, Feast of Lanterns. The Feast of Lanterns has storied roots on the eastside, being thrown intermittently since the late 19th century. What once was a late summer event marked by neighbors placing lanterns on their porches has evolved over the past century

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Quality of Life Summit presentations

Summer 2021 Quality of Life Plan Summit

In 2007, neighbors from around the eastside came together to set benchmarks for how they wanted to see their community prosper. The culmination of those efforts became what would eventually be the original Quality of Life Plan, which was completed as part of the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative. The original plan was set forward as

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The side of the PR Mallory building

PR Mallory, One Year Later

On this first anniversary of PR Mallory’s grand opening, we at the Promise Zone believe it is important to reflect upon the accomplishments associated with the historic building’s resurgence to the eastside’s landscape. The PR Mallory’s renovation and restoration was a feat in its own right, taking nearly $38 million in funding and the resources

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Indianapolis skyline

Martindale-Brightwood Receives Big “Lift” from City with $3.5 million in Federal Funding

Indianapolis Mayor, Joe Hogsett, names Martindale-Brightwood as a Lift Indy neighborhood, joining the Near North Corridor as the second Lift Indy area for 2021. As a designee, Martindale-Brightwood will receive $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spanning over the next three years. Community leaders and advocates praised the announcement as

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The Union Apartment Building

The Union – A Unique and Innovative Place to Call Home in the Eastside

Three years ago, the John Boner Neighborhood Center asked the Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School, “what their biggest barrier for students was, and what they could do to provide them support?” “Student mobility has been a challenge Thomas Gregg staff has faced each year” replied Ross Pippin, Executive Director of Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School, a nonprofit

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Ribbon cutting at new library

New Public Library in Martingdale-Brightwood

The new Martingdale-Brightwood Public Library is officially open. This new building will replace the Brightwood Branch across the street, which served the community since 1972. Located at 2434 N. Sherman Drive, the 15,000 square feet library hopes to increase “access to lifelong learning and mental recreation for neighbors of all ages,” said Amina Pierson of

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Community members around a table

Join a Community Action Team Today!

So what does a Community Action Team (CAT) do? Residents in the Eastside neighborhood can become CAT members. Each CAT are limited to 15 residents per year, and neighbors can only serve one CAT per year. CAT members meet bi-monthly (every two months). CATs and a representative of a lead agency work collaboratively in identifying

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Parker Place Apartment Development

Federal Low-Income Tax Credits Program Continues to Support Affordable Housing in the Promise Zone

One of the foundational goals of the IndyEast Promise Zone is to address our community’s housing needs. Among the main concerns in housing development is affordability, especially for low-income neighbors. Along with our partners, we have been committed to our Live IndyEast goals, which include addressing barriers to decent, safe housing and maintaining affordability. An

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Wheeler mission women's center building

Wheeler Mission and RecycleForce to Use New Market Tax Credits for Expansion on Near Eastside

On May 23rd, 2019, the US Treasury Department announced $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) awards to spur economic development in urban and rural communities across the nation. In total, 73 Community Development Entities (CDEs) were awarded allocations, including Indianapolis Redevelopment CDE, LLC. Indianapolis Redevelopment CDE, which represents the City of Indianapolis despite

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