Editor's note: The NUVO news desk received the following press release from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation:
Northeast Corridor community members to unveil quality of life plan
Largest, most comprehensive plan in the area's history
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - After sixteen months of inclusive discussions and meetings, neighbors, business owners, and community members will unveil the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan today, March 27 at 4 p.m. at the Avondale Meadows YMCA.
Nearly 27,000 people live in Northeast Corridor neighborhoods, which is bounded by 56th Street to the north, 16th Street to the south, Sherman Drive to the east (along with a potion extending to Emerson Avenue just north of 38th Street), and College Avenue to the west.
The neighborhoods include: Crosstown, Devington, Friends & Neighbors, Herron-Morton, Hillside, Kennedy-King, Keystone Monon, Keystone-Millersville, Martindale-Brightwood, Millersville at Fall Creek Valley, Oakhill, Old Northside, Oxford and Reagan Park.
The planning process, led by United Northeast Community Development Corporation (UNEC) and King Park Development Corporation (KPDC) with participation from 21 community partners, gave residents the opportunity to highlight the corridor's assets and build upon areas needing improvement. A full list of partners is at www.necorridor.com.
Nearly 90 organizations and 930 people participated in developing the plan, which at completion, empowers residents to speak with one voice on issues, concerns and goals. The plan includes a vision and result statements for eight areas of focus: business growth, culture + connectivity + livability, education, health & wellness, housing, jobs & training, safety & crime, and youth engagement.
"We view the Quality of Life plan as an opportunity to define who we want to be in the next five to ten years," said Amandula Anderson, UNEC's Executive Director. "Like many communities, we face challenges. The planning process allowed all of us to have thoughtful and frank conversations about how we overcome our challenges and build a corridor for the future."
The Northeast Corridor Quality of Life plan was supported by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). In the last eight years, LISC has supported quality of life plans in seven other Indianapolis neighborhoods, including the Near Eastside and Southeast Indianapolis, resulting in substantial improvements for people who live, work and visit those areas. One example is the Near Eastside Superbowl Legacy Project, which leveraged a $1 million investment from the NFL into $152 million of investment into components of the Quality of Life plan of that neighborhood.
"Quality of life plans are driven by the community, for the community," said Bill Taft, executive director of LISC Indianapolis. "We are honored to support the Northeast Corridor in this effort, as they work to attract and engage employers, improve housing, and enhance connectivity to their many neighborhood assets."
WHAT: Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan Community Unveiling
WHEN: 4 p.m., TODAY, March 27
WHERE: Avondale Meadows YMCA
3908 Meadows Dr.
To learn more about the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan, please visit www.necorridor.com.
LISC Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones -- good places to live, do business, work and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities, businesses and jobs.