North-side community development group hires new CEO

The Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corp. has hired a new CEO as work continues on its $60 million, mixed-income development on Central Avenue between 28th and 31st streets.

The near-northside community development group announced Monday that Elan Daniel, a former deputy director of community and economic development for the city of Indianapolis, would assume the role of CEO on Jan. 13.

Elan succeeds Leigh Riley Evans, who announced in October that she planned to leave the organization to take a leadership role with another community development group. In Monday’s announcement, MFCDC said she was taking a position with Eastern Star Church.

“Elan has hands-on experience with building value in communities without displacing residents,” said MFCDC Board Chair Paula Means in a media release. “We’re excited to have him focus his skills, talents, energies and relationships on what’s possible in Mapleton-Fall Creek.”

His responsibilities will include shepherding the Central@29 mixed-use project, which is expected to include apartments, town homes, space for food services and local businesses. The first phase is slated to open in 2021.

Daniel has master’s degrees from Ohio State University in City and Regional Planning and Public Policy and Management, according to his LinkedIn page.

His work experience includes leading affordable housing initiatives as part of the $250 million Weinland Park neighborhood revitalization effort in Columbus, Ohio.

He worked for the city of Indianapolis from July to December 2016. Daniel more recently served as an economic and community development consultant to clients in Indiana and Ohio, including the Indy Chamber, Purdue Research Partners and Ohio State University, according to the media release.

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