Local developer announces Plans for CCIC

CIRCLE CITY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX 1125 BROOKSIDE AVE | INDIANAPOLIS, IN JANUARY 12, 2014 Local Developer Announces Plans to Acquire the Circle City Industrial Complex Local real estate developer Teagen Development, Inc. has announced plans to acquire the Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC), located at 1125 Brookside Avenue in Indianapolis. Originally constructed in the early 1920s as the manufacturing plant for the Schwitzer Corporation, the CCIC is comprised of more than half a million square feet and now houses nearly 60 tenants, including artists, small and mid-sized businesses, and a number of industrial users. The building is currently owned by the National Bank of Indianapolis. Ovid and Calvin Commons at 11th and College. This redeveloped retail center is Teagen Development’s most recent undertaking. The CCIC will be Teagen Development’s 17th project in Downtown Indianapolis. Their portfolio also includes the recently redeveloped Ovid and Calvin Commons retail center at 11th and College and the Chatham Center apartments and retail center. Teagen is also a partner in the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square. “We see a tremendous amount of potential for the Circle City Industrial Complex,” says Teagen President, Larry Jones. “Not just for its current and future tenants, but also the neighborhood and community.” Jones says the group is in discussions with neighborhood and community organizations about plans for the building, including the redevelopment of the building’s southern tip, revitalization of the CCIC’s artist community, and the introduction of retail and restaurant users. The CCIC is located at the gateway of the Mass Ave/Brookside Industrial Corridor, an area of recent focus for the City of Indianapolis for its redevelopment and job creation potential. The Corridor is comprised of more than 480 acres of urban industrial developments. A decline in manufacturing in recent decades has left most of them, like the CCIC, in need of significant redevelopment and demolition. “We see the CCIC as a great opportunity to bring makers and doers back to this area, create jobs, and boost small business activity,” says Jones. “We want to revive the spirit of the Mass Ave Industries that were here once and can be here again.” Teagen has signed a Purchase Agreement for the building and anticipates taking possession within the next 60 days. http://circlecityind.com/ccic-acquisition/

Digital Billboard-Proposal 250

From David Hittle, Near Eastside Community Organization: Many thanks to all the Indy neighborhood representatives and residents who gathered at the Indiana Landmarks Center January 7th, despite frigid temperatures, to discuss Council Proposal 250, the billboard industry-written resolution which would allow for the conversion, within three years, of 75 existing static billboards to digital format along our city’s roadways. We’re happy to report that 29 Indy neighborhood and community organizations were represented at the meeting. Our rapidly-growing citywide coalition of neighborhood associations, community groups, community development corporations and concerned citizens has adopted and relayed to billboard industry representatives and the City-County Council the following position: The consensus position within our coalition at this point is that both the proposed ordinance, and the path it’s traveled thus far, are unacceptable. Our sense is that a very strong majority of Indianapolis neighbors and neighborhood organizations oppose the introduction of digital billboards to our streets. Our hope is to make even those who do prefer digital billboards, however, aware of the jarringly unfair path this proposal has thus far taken, and of stark deficiencies in the proposed ordinance language. The proposal’s process and substance fare especially poorly when compared to the digital billboard regulations recently adopted by other cities… those large and small, east and west, urban and exurban, progressive and conservative. Right now, there are three action steps we’re encouraging everyone to take: 1) Attend the January 26th, 5:30 PM meeting of the City-County Council’s Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee (MEDC). A strong neighborhood presence at this hearing will reinforce for the MEDC the fact that there’s a large group of people now aware of and educated on Proposal 250, despite the billboard industry’s three years of clandestine council lobbying and clear preference for a back-door legislative path. MEDC meeting: Monday, January 26, 5:30 PM. Room 260, City-County Building, 200 E. Washington St. 2) Prior to the January 26th MEDC hearing, contact the eight City-County Councilors who make up the MEDC via email, letter, phone or in-person. Our message and talking points are included in the attached sample letter.  Email addresses: leroy.robinson@indy.gov adamsonforindy@aol.com jbarth53@hotmail.com cainforcouncil@aol.com william.gooden@indy.gov jeff30167@indy.rr.com mmadams@iquest.net voposili@gmail.com 3) Contact your district City-County Councilor.  You can find your district councilor’s contact info here: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/Council/Councillors/Pages/home.aspx Please use the message and talking points in the attached letter (though we strongly encourage you to put the provided information into your own words; repetitive and redundant form letters aren’t very effective). Also, please let us know if you communicate with any of the councilors so that we can stay up-to-date on their positions. We will relay more information about the January 26th MEDC hearing about a week prior. In the meantime, additional activities, materials and updates will be posted regularly to the Scenic Indy Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ScenicIndy Thank you very much for your attention to this matter, and please feel very free to pass this message on to anyone else who may be interested… David Hittle, Near Eastside Community Organization Pat Andrews, Decatur Township Civic Association Marjorie Kienle, Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis

CHNA General Membership Meeting – TIME CHANGE

Last night at the board meeting we voted & approved to shift the start time of the General Membership meetings. The new start time is 6:30pm. The next meeting will be held at the Legacy Center on Monday, February 2nd. A few things up for discussion at the upcoming meeting: change of location for General Membership meetings, Google Groups privacy, and the possibility of adding more neighbors to active committees. We will also have Eric Strickland from Riley Area Development there to discuss their proposal of adding Makers Spaces to the Circle City Industrial Center and we will hopefully have an IMPD officer available for members to inquire about any safety concerns. See you all in a few weeks, Christy Cashin

Stolen Cars on Near Eastside

The Near Eastside has had a rash of auto thefts in the past few weeks, including two in Cottage Home.  One of our neighborhood residents happened to catch the thieves on camera….Do you recognize the two men captured in this surveillance video? They stole a car and items out of a work truck parked in the 600 Block of Dorman Street around 3am on Oct. 30th. The van belonged to the victim and items were stolen out of it. The car to the right (Cadillac Wagon) was the vehicle that was stolen. Help us identify these two, so we can end the recent rash of car thefts and break-ins in the neighborhood. Here’s a link to the entire video.  There was also an article on RTV6 about the thefts.      

Board Meeting

I am writing to inform you of the upcoming CHNA Board Meeting that will take place at 1215 E. 9th St.on Monday, November 10th at 6:30.  These meetings are open to the public, if you wish to attend.  The meeting will start at 6:30 pm with two guest speakers, then proceed on with additional items on the agenda. This meeting will also have prospective 2015 CHNA Board Members in attendance. Below is a list of all CHNA Members interested in running as Board Members for 2015.  If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, please email me (christycashin@gmail.com) for details. Thank you, Christy Cashin CHNA Vice President   Current Board Members wishing to continue on in 2015: Andrew Keinle Andrew Teipen Armando Perez Christy Cashin Crystal Rehder Madeline Hutchins Shannon Samson Steve Githens   CHNA Members considering new positions in 2015: Bob Renaker Heath Hurst Jess Teipen Mary Jane Moriarty Nancy Bain Sam Perry