Efforts target blight on 16th

October 13, 2009
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The Indianapolis Housing Agency has bought a troubled low-income housing project called Caravelle Commons and is working on plans to redevelop the complex to better connect with the Herron Morton Place neighborhood. Next door, Kroger has revived efforts to acquire land and plan a new supermarket at 16th and Central Avenue to replace an old location. The chain bought the corner a few years ago and closed on a vacant parcel that was previously part of Caravelle earlier this year. Together, the developments could represent a turning point for a blighted stretch of 16th Street. At a minimum, the housing agency plans to reopen Park Avenue, which now dead-ends in the complex, and take down fences that surround the apartment buildings. But there’s a “good chance” the plans will involve demolition of the existing complex, at 1643 N. Park Ave., and the construction of a more urban-looking replacement, said Bruce Baird, the group’s director of strategic planning and development. Check out the full story here. (You can sign up for a free 12-week subscription to IBJ.com.)

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  • That's the best news I have heard in a very long time. I vote for the total demolition!
  • Still not enough justification for charging $250,000 for condos in that area. But I guess that's how gentrification works.
  • If this is real and not the hype we heard three years ago, then it will be the best thing to happen to the Near North Side of Indianapolis in decades. A couple good schools later and we can be back to one of the most desired neighborhoods around.
  • This is LONG over due.

    In other grocery news...the Omailia's at 56th & Emerson/Kessler is CLOWING. Sad day. That's my 'hood and it will be missed
  • Great news for such a LONG OVER DUE re-development. I think the corner of 16th and College is probably the most crime ridden, under-utilized, and disconnected spaces in all of of downtown. Low density development should be banned from the city core. This will only benefit EVERYBODY...FINALLY!!
  • If you want good neighborhood schools, you might check out the neighboring IPS schools. For instance, School 56 has higher test scores than the Indiana Average. Most of their scores are in the 93 percentile, http://www.education.com/schoolfinder/us/indiana/indianapolis/francis-w-parker-school-56/test-results/.

    Also, check out the other IPS schools. There are many, many great programs within the system that rarely get mentioned and places like the Near-North side should celebrate the excellent schools.
  • Great News
    I live at the corner of 16th and College and think that this is great news. The Community Spirits liqour store has somewhat cleaned up, now if we could get the SW corner building that is half demolished cleaned up, we'd be in good shape!
  • Finally!!!
    It's about time that blight be removed from our community. And a modern grocery store in the neighborhood would be awesome.
  • Hurry the hell up please
    I grew up in those apartments, and they been talking about rebuilding for years. Personally i'm tired of hearing about it be like NIKE and just do it. And you know what, it's sad when you want your old neighborhood torn down.I've had too many childhood friends die in or around that neighborhood.CRIME is everywhere nowdays but down there it is extremly excessive.I heard it used to be a graveyard or something like that is it true?

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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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