Lead Protection Program

Do you have lead in your home? Lead is a critical health issue—particularly for small children. NEAR is reaching out to neighborhood households in which children under age 6 live to offer a free lead assessment and remediation. The Lead Protection Program, made possible through IHCDA, can assist 40 Indianapolis homes with household incomes at or less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Tim Barnes, NEAR’s Lead Project Manager, invites inquiries: tim@nearindy.org. Learn all about this statewide program at www.in.gov/myihcda/2675.htm


NEAR Annual Community Luncheon

Save this date to enjoy one of our community’s exclamation points: Thursday, April 25, 11:30 am. Once again, the NEAR Annual Community Luncheon will be in the beautiful Boner Fitness and Learning Center on the Arsenal Tech High School campus. We’re going to celebrate people and plans for past, present, and future generations. Full info will be shared in our February NEAR Update.


Senior Adult Neighbors: Live in Minnie Hartmann Center

The transformation of IPS 78 into the beautiful Minnie Hartmann Center at Sherman & Vermont is 85% complete. Our property management partner TWG Management is now accepting inquiries and applications from neighbors at least 55 years old with limited incomes. Minnie Hartmann center offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. Contact TWG Management: 317.264.1833


From an Educators’ Village to a Village for Artists

We are still completing The Educators’ Village—the last seven of 22 houses are under construction and will be available to households at or less than 80% AMI in the spring (see these and all available homes at www.nearindy.org/homes). But we are already beginning to plan development of up to 25 homes as part of the 10 East Arts+Design District. We hope to create homeownership opportunities focused on artists who currently live or want to put down roots in our creative Near Eastside community. Stay tuned!


Affordable Homes in Willard Park Neighborhood

We are working with Willard Park neighbors to develop 9 affordable homes in this near downtown neighborhood this year. The Willard Park neighborhood stretches from Washington St./US 40 (and the much anticipated IndyGo Blue Line) to Michigan Street east of State Avenue. Its area includes the new separated bikeway along New York Street and the now-vacant Indiana Women’s Prison. We look forward to bringing high-quality, affordable homeownership opportunities to vacant lots and abandoned houses.



This spring, CMT (engineering) and MKSK (landscape architects) will host a series of public meetings to gather neighborhood input on the 10th St. and Rural St. infrastructure project. This project will complete streetscaping on 10th Street from Keystone to Rural, extend it on Rural from 10th to St. Clair, and reconfigure the 10th & Rural intersection for traffic calming, pedestrian safety, and beauty. Stay tuned for dates in upcoming NEAR Updates.



www.nearindyguide.org – Discover little known but awesome places to eat, shop, drink, antique, and visit. Subscribe to receive biweekly updates, discounts, and news of opportunities.


www.shermanparkplan.com – Explore the collectively developed plan to reuse Sherman Park at Michigan & Sherman—the 50-acre site the for generations was home to RCA. We look forward to the jobs and vitality this will create for our community.


https://www.facebook.com/Inspire10thStreet/ – Track with developments in the 10 East Arts+Design District, a one-mile development area that stretches from Beville to Olney.


NEAR’s Board of Directors are predominantly Near Eastside residents. Our Directors volunteer their time, treasure, and talents to govern our nonprofit organization and steward our mission to develop community as we create great places for neighbors.


Be Part of the Near Eastside Business Association – Local business owners and managers meet at the NEAR Center for Community Development the third Tuesday of each month to strategize for economic development in the area. If you operate a business in our community, you are welcome! Contact our Economic Development Director Susan Vogt – susan@nearindy.org.