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ISSUE ONE • February March April 2015 Published quarterly by MKNA • Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association, a volunteer nonprofit organization representing residents, businesses, schools, faith-based institutions and service groups. The Association’s objectives include

Enhancing Livability • Make the neighborhood more walkable and bike-friendly, develop infrastructure plans and support crime prevention efforts. Promoting Growth & Capital Investment • Support the Midtown TIF District and drive redevelopment opportunities.

Advocating to City Government • Develop the neighborhood’s long term land use plan and promote compliance with community values. Communicating • Organize community meetings where critical neighborhood issues are addressed, host business and clergy breakfasts and publish community newsletters. Partnering with Community Stakeholders • Support the work of organizations serving youth and seniors. Preserving Historic Qualities • Prioritize neighborhood beautification efforts and promote commitment to historic architecture. spark: The Magazine of Meridian~Kessler is edited by Caroline Farrar, Nick Colby, Christopher Vice. Designed by Christopher Vice. Printed by Faulkenberg Printing Company. © MKNA 2015

Destination MK / 52nd and College MK Home & Garden Tour Neighborhood Grants MK Place and Space The MK Urban Homesteader MK Photo Contests Visit for more features, timely news, events calendar and local neighborhood business directory. All articles in this magazine are also published online.

Form–Based Code: A Major Redesign of Zoning in MK Bent Rail Opens MKNA is 50 Tarkington Park 38th and Illinois On the cover / Find the Red Key Tavern, a Meridian~Kessler neighborhood institution since 1951, at the corner of 52nd and College Avenue. Red Key Tavern photograph by John Whalen. Check out his amazing photography at


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proposed mixeduse development, and Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation’s façade improvements with businesses in the 3800 block of Illinois.

Open Call for Grant Proposals

Improvements to Winthrop Avenue

Does your nonprofit serve the Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood? If so, you are invited to apply for MKNA’s 2015 Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program.

MKNA is working with our City County Council­ors, the Department of Public Works, and business neighbors including TCC Software Solutions, DeveloperTown and Bent Rail Brewery to plan and implement infrastructure improvements along the Winthrop Avenue corridor.

MKNA is interested in funding programs that strengthen our neighborhood. The goal of the MKNA Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program is to fund programs that will • Have a lasting, sustainable impact on the neighborhood • Improve the lives of neighborhood residents by addressing one or more of the following critical needs Vitality and Connectivity of the Neighborhood Health, Safety, Crime Prevention Education Grant requests can range from $2,000$15,000. Submit your application by March 31, before 5:00 pm. Application available at 38th Street and Illinois Street The intersection of 38th and Illinois Streets was chosen as one of the first three ‘Great Places’ to receive investment through a collaborative, visionary community development initiative that will transform 6 neighborhoods in Marion County into dynamic centers of culture, commerce, and community by the year 2020.

We have secured a commitment from the City to invest $5 million in the first phase of this project. Design work is continuing with construction expected to begin in the late spring or early summer. Phase 1 plans include the resurfacing of Winthrop from 52nd to 54th streets and new sidewalks constructed to provide continuous sidewalks along 54th Street from College Avenue to the Monon Trail. Phase 2 of this project will in­clude enhanced pedestrian-level street lights along Winthrop Avenue, landscaped areas and other amenities to enhance walkability. Indianapolis Public Safety Outlines 2015 Goals The Department of Public Safety (DPS) outlined the specific, measurable 2015 goals and objectives it has defined for the six DPS focus areas. The focus areas, including West 34th Street and North Illinois Street, account for 4.7 percent of Indy’s population but 27 percent of the city’s criminal homicides and almost 30 percent of its non-fatal shootings. They also represent disproportionate amounts of blighted and vacant properties. Success measures, which point toward an overall mission of crime reduction and quality of life improvement, were presented to the public during the first DPS focus area meeting of 2015. Download several reports from the expanded news article at Updates from Carol Baker, General Manager, Indianapolis Opera Each year Indianapolis Opera shares the music with over 30,000 people by delivering exceptional arts programming to schools, libraries, performance halls, etc. statewide as well as right here in the Meridian~Kessler neighborhood at the Basile Opera Center. We are proud to be an MKNA neighbor and look forward to sharing music with you again this spring beginning with the annual education outreach tour.

Over 20 neighborhood groups, organizations and anchor institutions are collaborating. During the next 6 years, the quarter mile radius surrounding this site will be redeveloped into a multi-neighborhood destination. In addition to Great Places 2020, three projects have already begun at this intersection, including: Phase I of Tarkington Park redevelopments, North United Church’s


Last summer Indianapolis Opera graciously received financial support to launch an organizational assessment to review the Opera’s role in our City while incorporating realities of today’s arts environment. We’ve embarked upon a special journey to examine our service to the community, review operational function and take time to listen to people like you. Now that we are in the final throes of reporting outcomes and assembling future plans, we

wish to thank you for your support. Last fall many of you participated in online surveys, interviews or focus groups and your honest feedback has been critical to the process. Having worked in the performing arts field for more than two decades, I’ve experienced firsthand the ebbs and flows, or rather, the opportunities and challenges within the business of art-making. “Beauty and Grace” and “Sturm und Drang” sometimes go handin-hand, but in the end, we are made better. The words “organizational assessment” when heard in isolation may have a simplistic, yet vague meaning, but I liken it to a journey not dissimilar to the artist’s journey of imagining, planning, exploring and leading to performing, reflecting, and inspiring. The company was dark this fall to be able to shed light on our education outreach work and eventually return to the splendor of opera on stage. We could not have come this far without you, your input and your support. The journey is not over. It has only begun. Thank you for sharing in our journey. MKNA Beginnings IN THE SPRING OF 1965, the first AfricanAmerican family moved into the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. Heartened by Civil Rights advances and the prospect of a Fair Housing Act, Rev. Gerald Johnson of the (then) Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, encouraged a group of residents “deeply devoted to our area and to justice” to discuss the formation of a neighborhood group which would: • Establish relationships between all neighbors and provide services • Monitor zoning codes and housing laws • Support neighborhood schools • Provide adequate municipal services for all residents In early meetings there was prolonged discussion about the boundaries of the proposed new neighborhood. The south and west boundaries were not debatable (38th and Meridian Streets, respectively), because they adjoined existing organized neighborhoods. However, the northen boundary was difficult to determine. At first it was set at 46th Street, then tentatively moved to 54th Street. By the time the constitution and by-laws were finalized, however, those who maintained that a larger group of residents would be more effective politically, succeeded in getting the boundary extended north to Kessler Boulevard. The name of the new association, based on two of the boundary streets, was coined at that time. Large posters were distributed to the area shopping corners inviting everyone to the first general meeting on June 2, 1965.

Dear Neighbors,

Welcome to our first edition of MK Spark! The Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association is excited to bring you this new quarterly publication. As we begin our organization’s 50th year, we have launched an initiative to improve our communications to neighbors. We redesigned the website and are now better able to deliver the most current MK news. Notices regarding land use and zoning, important meetings and ways to get involved in our neighborhood are just a few of the things we share daily on our website and via social media. Stay informed by joining us on Facebook and Twitter @MeridianKessler. We are always looking for writers and photographers to submit their work for use in both our magazine and online. Whether you are a professional photographer with a great eye or a casual author with a story to share, we’d love to highlight your work! Please contact us though our website. Check out the details of our spring photo contest and learn how you can participate and help us build our library of great neighborhood images. Lastly, thank you to our advertisers, board members and volunteers for all their support in launching this publication! Nick Colby, MKNA President

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2014 Highlights • Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association • MKNA SUPPORTED TAX INCENTIVES FOR TCC SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS TO MOVE TO THEIR NEW HOME at 52nd and Winthrop Avenue. TCC’s investment of $1.3m brought new life and 100 employees to this location! SECURED COMMITMENT OF $500,000 FROM THE CITY for what will be Phase One of infrastructure improvements along the Winthrop Ave corridor. Engineering and design work is underway, with repaved streets and new sidewalks along Winthrop from 52nd to 54th Street, along with complete sidewalks along 54th Street from College Avenue to the Monon Trail expected to be installed this summer. AWARDED NEARLY $24,000 through our Vi Walker Community Grants program. Recipients included programs at IPS Schools 55, 70, 84 and 91; funding for revitalization of the murals along the Monon Trail between 52nd and 54th Street; hunger relief and mental health education and support initiatives. WORKED IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR MIDTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERS to support the first bond issue in the Midtown TIF (Tax Increment Fund District) which brings nearly $36m of investment to Midtown, including a $5m upgrade to Tarkington Park which will be completed in 2015. IMPLEMENTED AN INITIATIVE to enhance the frequency and effectiveness of our communications with residential and business neighbors. In December, we redesigned our website and launched an improved communication strategy to deliver more news more quickly.

From 38th to Kessler Boulevard. From Meridian to the Monon. We are a community of residents (younger & older), homes (from multi-unit to mansions and everything in between), local businesses (larger & smaller, established & emerging), schools (public & private) and a variety of faith–based communities.



locally produced and national craft brands. A priority of ours is to bring in beers that compliment what we will produce in-house. As our in-house beers come on-line, we will continue to bring in styles that we currently are not producing.” While the first in-house beers are in the works right now, Crowe is optimistic that batches will be ready for our tasting in the spring. In the meantime, beer isn’t the only item on the menu at Bent Rail.

Bent Rail Brewery 5301 Winthrop Avenue

The brewery will specialize in deli-style sandwiches and soups that should be familiar to fans of other establishments owned by Craig Baker and Derek Means (Local Eatery & Pub in Westfield, Plow & Anchor, located in Downtown Indy). Bent Rail will feature deli meats from Smoking Goose with plans to eventually serve their own cured meats.

With a soft opening planned for February and a grand opening scheduled to kick off the spring season, Bent Rail Brewery is in full preparation mode.

The brewery is family friendly until 9:00pm, at which point you must be 21 years of age. “This is a residential neighborhood and we want everyone to feel welcome. We do hope to expand to include a beer garden in the spring, but for now, we want to settle in and see where the wind takes us, so to speak,” said Crowe.

What began as an idea in 2012 is now becoming a reality in Meridian-Kessler. MK Spark caught up with Bent Rail Brewery Director of Sales Cari Crowe to ask a few questions about upcoming plans for the brewery and what our neighborhood can expect from its new neighbor.

Stay tuned for the date of Bent Rail’s official opening. Visit their Facebook page for all of the latest details. Photographs by Casey Cronin

“When we open, we will feature a solid section of beers,” Crowe said, “including

local, regional & national craft brews

brewing in progress!

a beer garden beyond that big door!

kid–friendly area with games and pool tables


the deli featuring Smoking Goose meats


Historically, homesteaders led a life of necessity and scarcity with no alternative to making, growing, raising and doing everything for themselves. Today’s Urban Homesteaders have chosen to pursue some of the traditional homesteading activities for a more self sufficient and sustainable lifestyle. In Meridian~Kessler there are hundreds of families that are comfortably blending their Urban Homesteading activities with a rewarding urban lifestyle. Typically, they first decided to grow some of their own food in their backyards and then progressed to trying their hands at skills like making their own soap and cleaning products to small scale poultry farming, beekeeping and even raising goats for their milk and, ultimately, cheese. Most supplement their own activities with support for companies and communities that share their passion for ethical, sustainable lifestyle choices. We will begin in this issue with raising Backyard Chickens as it is one of the most visible and popular Urban Homesteading activities. The motivations for raising chickens are varied. The most common reasons mentioned are the desire to control the purity and quality of their food and to create a firsthand connection with their food sources. Plus, chickens are fun!


The Urban Homesteader is a regular feature about values and practices that hark back to days when people (country and city folks alike) were more resource–wise, less wasteful and more self-sufficient. We’ll explore why MK represents a sweet spot for those who desire to live an urban homesteader lifestyle. We’ll learn about a variety of environmentally aware practices like vegetable gardening, edible landscaping, composting, rain water harvesting, soap making, beekeeping, food preserving and forms of energy conserving that are becoming hallmarks of the 21st century ‘back to the city’ movement. The Urban Homesteader is guest edited by Andrew Brake, Anne Collins and David Stuckert, owners of Agrarian located in MK at 661 East 49th Street.

Thinking about having a small flock of your own inevitably leads to questions. Do you need a rooster in order to get eggs? No, a hen will lay eggs without a rooster. They just won’t be fertile eggs. All eggs have the same nutritional value. Most of the eggs you can buy are unfertilized. Are chickens dirty animals? Do they smell? As long as the homesteader takes care of cleaning out the coop regularly, chickens are not especially dirty or smelly animals. Will keeping chickens attract rodents? It is food that attracts rodents, not the birds. If you have wild bird feeders in your back yard, you run the same risk. Keep all feed in metal garbage cans with secure lids. Feed birds in small doses to avoid sitting food. If you feed your birds kitchen scraps, make sure it is eaten and not left in the bedding. Do hens make a lot of noise? Unlike roosters, hens make very little noise. Think of roosters as noisy as a barking dog and hens as noisy as cats. Is it legal to keep chickens in Indianapolis? Yes. There is nothing in the city ordinances banning chickens. There are noise ordinances and roosters could lead to violations in that regard. How many eggs will a hen lay in a week? When do they start to lay eggs? A typical hen will start to lay eggs at about 6 months of age. The eggs will start out small then get increasingly larger. During the first year of laying, the hen (if she is a good egg producer) will lay one egg almost every day. Some birds will then go through a “molt” in the late fall/ winter months and stop laying. They will start again in the early spring. You can encourage egg laying through the colder months by keeping on a light inside the chicken coop. As the birds get older, they will start to lay fewer and fewer eggs.

How long do chickens live? Chickens can live as long as 10 years and some even longer. How much space does a chicken need? For 3 hens, a 2’x4’ Coop plus a “run” (a place for them to scratch around) that is roughly 4’x8’ is more than adequate. Most commercial birds are placed in cages (6-8 to a cage) where they cannot even turn around. Perch space in the roost is recommended at 8 inches per chicken. Can I use the chicken manure in my garden? Chicken manure is high in nitrogen so it is considered “hot.” It will need to be composted before going directly onto your garden soil. Once it has broken down it becomes perfect food for the garden. What do chickens eat? They will eat just about anything. They’re omnivores. They need a nutritionally complete “layer” feed from a local feed store as well as any kitchen scraps. What about keeping chickens in winter? Chickens are surprisingly warm-blooded and produce a lot of heat. As long as their coop is draft-free, they should be okay to about 40 degrees below zero. Some breeds are more winter-hardy and better suited for colder winters. Artificial heat can be provided but is not required for most birds. Birds can get frostbite. Birds with large combs tend to be more susceptible. What do I do about freezing water? A small heated dog dish or other heated waterers will keep the water from freezing. Are chickens safe from cats and dogs? Some cats and dogs might find chickens worthy as a meal but typically your pets won’t bother your chickens. Raccoons, opossums, fox and even some rats would be a bigger concern. Make sure your coop is secured at night to protect your birds from any predators. Where can I buy chickens? You can find them locally by searching Craigslist’s Farm and Garden section. Generally, these birds will be full-grown and already laying eggs. Typically, they sell for $5-$10. You can also buy chicks, a day or two old, from several online sites and local Urban Homesteading stores. What kind of coop will I need? Coops come in all different sizes and shapes. The size is determined by how many chickens you have and the shape is only limited by your imagination.

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MK Place and Space is a regular feature column dedicated to the exploration of ideas on what makes Meridian~Kessler special as a built community. We encourage relevant conversations on architecture, urban planning and design, development and redevelopment, conservation and preservation. We invite ideas that contribute to how we shape our notions of our places and spaces. We publish research, case studies, projects, opinions and interviews.

of the building. It doesn’t typically address things like the quality of the building, the massing of the building, or whether the style of the building will fit with the community. Zoning is important, but it is a broader tool. It’s probably too broad a tool to greatly affect the preservation of a neighborhood. Things like zoning are for overall planning purposes.

MK Place and Space is edited by Kim Kourany, Mary Owens, Nick Colby and Christopher Vice. Please share your ideas for future columns. Email suggestions to

makes people want to live there. They feel comfortable there. It feels like home, and I think maintaining that feeling is really important.

MK Place and Space talks with Paul Diebold to learn his vision for the future of MK. As the assistant director for Preservation Services in Indiana, he reviews nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and records for the Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory. He also assisted the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) in the creation of the Irvington Neighborhood Plan. He is the author of The History and Architecture of Meridian~Kessler and Greater Irvington, Architecture, People, and Places on the Indianapolis Eastside. MK spark: What vision do you have for Meridian~Kessler? Paul Diebold: Meridian~Kessler, like many historic Indianapolis neighborhoods, has always been a really vibrant area. It was designed that way. Meridian~Kessler’s residential areas are easy to navigate on foot or on a bike, and the strategically placed commercial districts support the residents and those who travel its corridors. The vision I have for Meridian~Kessler is one of sustainability, managed growth, and managed development, so that it maintains its character. The character is what


You mentioned that your vision for MK is the same as your vision for other historic neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Are there any neighborhoods that have made that vision a reality? Yes, definitely. There are several. I live in Irvington, and I would say we have worked really hard to make Irvington a fantastic place to live. If you walk down East Washington Street, you will see gorgeous buildings that have stood for decades, and they are filled with locally-owned stores, breweries, restaurants, and services. People are bustling in and out of shops, sitting outside on a patio enjoying a latte, or walking to the bus stop. The success of this area is the direct result of the residents, business owners, and community groups working together toward a common vision. Because we value the history and character of Irvington and we manage the development here, we have made the vision a reality, and we are now reaping the benefits. Our properties’ value is increasing faster than ever, we have a nice place to walk and to shop, and our neighborhoods maintain that great “Irvington vibe.” Does the City of Indianapolis have zoning codes that protect the heritage of historic neighborhoods? The City has been adopting —for a while now—the use of Neighborhood Plans. In Irvington, we embarked on developing a new Neighborhood Plan in 2010, and we did look at zoning. Along Washington Street, for example, we changed the zoning to eliminate pole signs that you might see further out from the center of the city because they were not appropriate for our area. So there is the ability to rezone areas, but ultimately zoning simply provides some measure of control over the envelope

What are the biggest threats to MK achieving that vision? Meridian~Kessler residents have a shared heritage embodied in its homes, buildings trees and other features. There is a tremendous amount at risk when we start depleting our historic neighborhoods of the features that have defined them for more than a hundred years. Raising awareness about the importance of that shared heritage is the first step to putting tools in place to protect them. When a community values its heritage, sustainability, managed growth and managed development can occur in a way that benefits the entire area.

What does historic preservation do, in general, to improve quality of life? Historic preservation increases the livability of places. When an area is designated, new construction, like infill buildings (i.e., typically new construction between two

existing structures), and remodels have better quality of design and higher-quality materials. Areas with no designation are subjected to other peoples’ interpretation of what is appropriate. When you have quality design and construction, it attracts quality businesses and long-term residents who are interested in the future of that neighborhood. That, in turn, makes the area more livable.

I think of it like a puzzle. The first thing you do when you want to build a puzzle is look at the box and dump out the pieces to make sure you have all the parts because you won’t have the whole picture, if you don’t have the all the parts. When you lose those once-common houses, you begin to lose the picture. The picture is what people want. The picture is what attracts people to live in an area.

What are some tangible steps that stakeholders can do to protect the heritage of MK while promoting vibrancy through continued growth and development? When a neighborhood is ready to move from education to action, one thing stakeholders can do is look into the different historic designations. The National Register of Historic Places provides recognition and some degree of protection. It is often viewed as the litmus test to determine if a place is historic. Meridian~Kessler has several buildings and neighborhoods on the registry. Local designation, through an agency like the IHPC, is a more complete expression of protecting the neighborhood’s assets. The IHPC would help the neighborhood move toward developing a plan and getting people interested in defining their shared vision that would ultimately protect its heritage.

Can you give an example of a collection of homes that might be significant to MK? Sure. Bungalows were once common in the 1920s, but we are not building bungalows anymore. We can’t build bungalows anymore. We don’t know how—not to the quality that they were built before. We don’t have the time to go out and find firstor second-growth oak and quarter saw it to make the trim work. We don’t have the time to do real plaster. We don’t have the time to lay real load-bearing brickwork for the porches. These things are just too labor-intensive.

Is historic preservation for wealthy people and for homes where somebody famous, for instance, may have lived? Or is there significance to smaller or less famous properties? The preservation movement has definitely evolved. It started by looking at homes of the rich and famous, like presidents and military leaders, but today, historic preservation looks at the role of the neighborhood in the city and the role of this form of housing in the growth of a city? Local significance is a legitimate reason for wanting to save a neighborhood, a type of home or a single house.

We certainly have many talented builders that can emulate a 1920s bungalow, but to take the time and effort to hand-construct them, as they once were, is nearly impossible now. That’s why I view these houses as a resource in the same way we view a tree is a resource. The difference is that if a tree becomes diseased, and you have to cut it down, you can plant another tree. You simply cannot replace a historic house. Besides MK residents, who else plays a role in seeing that vision to fruition? Property owners, residents and business owners are certainly stakeholders. Non-profits, churches, and schools are too because they are the moral anchors of the neighborhood. Everyone who lives or works or utilizes services in the area has a vested interest in determining what Meridian~Kessler will look like. In Irvington, for example, we have the oldest operational IPS school in our local historic district. There was some concern by IPS that they would not be able to fulfill their very important mandate to educate area students no matter what their means. Once we started to talk with them about what it means to be in a local historic district, they began to understand the importance of the guidelines. It turns out that they were able to make a sizable addition to their building that met all the preservation standards, and they continue to provide a great education for the students in a 110-year-old building. It’s proof that historic designation is not an impediment to businesses or schools or residents, and I would offer it is actually enhancing their experience.

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Des na on MK acquire a pedal-powered, electric or small-engined bike, dye your roots, procure a periodical, pot a plant, sell some vinyl, grab The Girl from Ipanema, eat an empanada, starch a shirt, enjoy an espresso, remodel a room, tuck into some cottage pie, soothe your muscles, sip a cerveza, stuff a sofa, try some tempeh, frame a family member, brave a full brazilian, trawl for vintage treasures… Read a review of a hot new restaurant or unique boutique in midtown Indianapolis? Or maybe a friend keeps telling you about that cool emerging area called SoBro? Chances are that they are talking about the intersection of 52nd and College Avenue— a major hub smack dab in the middle of Meridian~Kessler neighborhood. It’s been a vital commercial district since the days of the electrified streetcar and interurban trolley. Just remember, when you are this far south of Broad Ripple, you are in Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood.



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Submit news and events. Northwood Christian Church Celebrates 95th Anniversary with New Leadership Northwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has welcomed the New Year with two milestones worth celebrating: 95 years in ministry at the corner of 46th Street and Central Avenue, and the appointment of two dynamic new leaders, co-pastors Rev. Rae Karim and Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton.

“We are excited to extend a wide-open invitation to everyone in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood (and beyond!) to come check out Northwood,” said Rev. Karim. “It doesn’t matter what you look like, where you come from, how you vote, or who you call family, you will be welcomed and honored as a child of God.” Marc Allan reports on How Butler is Engaging Its Neighbors Portions of the area south of Butler’s campus could use a little attention. How about an infusion of activity that includes road improvements, new and refurbished housing, better schools and parks, access to mass transit, and perhaps some commercial development? Butler and a coalition of its neighbors— Christian Theological Seminary, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Crown Hill Cemetery, the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, Midtown Indy, and Citizens Energy Group— convened this fall to discuss collaborative opportunities to establish the area surrounding Butler’s campus as one of the city’s best places to live, work, and visit.

“We are delighted to announce the arrival of two gifted pastors of spiritual depth and community commitment,” said David Van Bruaene, the congregation’s Moderator. “Rev. Rae and Rev. Liz bring wonderful energy, insight and experience to build on Northwood’s record of engagement in Meridian~Kessler and beyond.” Rev. Rae Karim is a poet, a leader with a heart for community development, and an honors graduate of Christian Theological Seminary. “I am thrilled to help continue and enhance Northwood’s longstanding tradition of community involvement,” she said. “From our food pantry to our organizational partnerships to our hosting Parkview Coop Preschool in our facility, Northwood has for generations been true to our motto: ‘In the neighborhood, for the neighborhood.’” Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton is Creative Director of the SALT Project (, which provides resources to individuals and congregations as they reclaim and share the beauty of Christian life through film, photography, music, poetry, and ideas. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School and previously pastored at Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts. “For me, what’s most exciting about Northwood is the emerging vision,” said Rev. Myer Boulton. “A truly multicultural, multigenerational, open and affirming church – it’s who we are, and who we’re becoming more and more every day.”


“By working together, we have the ability to attract infrastructure and programmatic dollars,” said Benjamin Hunter, President James M. Danko’s Chief of Staff. “We continue to be successful individually, but we also have an incredible opportunity to leverage our institutions’ shared interests and values to improve quality of life in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.” The coalition hired a company called Green Street to identify opportunities for Butler and its neighbors to work together. The idea is based on neighborhood initiatives developed by the University of Notre Dame (Eddy Street Commons) and Case Western Reserve University (University Circle Innovation Zone). Both universities have teamed up with partner institutions and community organizations to reinvent neighborhoods adjacent to their campus. Notre Dame and a neighboring hospital turned 25 acres of land south of its campus into a $200 million “college town.” The development includes 90,000 square feet of retail space—

restaurants, shops, a bank, a bookstore, and other businesses—and 82,000 square feet of office space, some of which has been leased by the university. Apartment, townhome, and row-house residential units are planned as well. A Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel opened in June 2010, and a second, full-service hotel is planned for the near future, according to the Eddy Street website. Notre Dame’s efforts also spurred private investment in the surrounding area, helping to improve the overall neighborhood. Butler’s Anchor Coalition, as the group is known, will more likely emulate Notre Dame’s efforts to lure people to the campus neighborhood. The idea dovetails with the city of Indianapolis’s 2020 plan to use so-called “anchor institutions,” such as schools, hospitals, and museums, to influence development and redevelopment in neighborhoods across the city. The hope is that additional public/private investment in the surrounding areas—like 38th and Illinois streets, which won a “Great Places 2020” designation and is primed for significant investment—will help to eventually “close the gap” between Michigan Road and Illinois Street. “Each partner is coming to this with a different focus,” said Michael McKillip, Executive Director of Midtown Indy, an organization that promotes the Midtown area. “But I think the opportunities are really limitless as it relates to the kind of impact these institutions working together can have.” In coming years in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, that might mean: • An expanded streetscape. While Butler and the city of Indianapolis have partnered to broaden and beautify Sunset Avenue, could the project be extended to Hampton Drive? To Clarendon Road and beyond? • Better housing. Hunter said Notre Dame used a combination of grants and low- or no-interest loans to help homeowners within the Eddy Street project upgrade their housing. The idea, Hunter said, is not to move current residents out, but to help fix blighted properties and get faculty, staff, and employees from the coalition partners to move into the neighborhood. • Additional schools. To attract new residents, the coalition partners could create and operate schools within their facilities, building on the success of the two Butler/Indianapolis Public Schools partnerships, the Lab School and Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy. In South Bend, Notre Dame partnered with the Eddy Street neighborhood’s Robinson Community Center to provide educational opportunities for both children and adult students. • Commercial development. “What could go at the intersection of 42nd Street and Michigan Road that could benefit all of our institutions?” Hunter said. “It’s been an organic conversation—and it’s now coming to fruition, with Green Street pulling us all together.”


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What is a Neighborhood Plan ?

A Neighborhood Plan is a wish list of the hopes and aspirations for our community reflecting the reasonable requests of good neighbors.

we make places; the they make borrowing from Winston Churchill who once said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

A Neighborhood Plan is a decision making tool that may guide the city’s understanding of our community’s values and needs. It can serve as an aid to our local leaders and boards.


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“Not only does most zoning fail to implement plans for the future, many… cities are also realizing that their current zoning ordinances would not even allow them to rebuild their historic centers and neighborhoods.” Joel Russell and Mary Madden, An Introduction to Form-Based Codes

An American Dream is in the midst of transformation. While many shared a particular desire to own a house on a cul-de-sac in a community that was a corn field just a short time ago, social and cultural trends are redefining how people want to live, shop, work, play, learn and grow. In the last ten years, more people demonstrate that they want to become members of communities where they can access urban greenways to bike to work, where they can journey along calm sidewalks to get to school or a neighborhood park, and where they can eat, drink and shop locally at corner bistros, bookstores and butchers. The ability to live in such a place with these everyday amenities wasn’t so rare before the post–WWII era. When the lure of bigger homes, bigger car garages and bigger backyard barbecue grills beckoned, many moved to blank slate subdivisions. Some of those established corner shops closed or moved to new strip malls at the edges of the housing tracts. Specific areas of cities, through the application of mid-twentieth century zoning codes, became dedicated to specific kinds of activities. We established Dwelling Districts, Commercial Districts and Industrial Districts. And the distances between them grew. So much for walking to the neighborhood hardware store to buy a new drill bit—unless you lived in one of those rare neighborhoods like Meridian~Kessler. People who have always made MK a place for home and work have been able to enjoy a lifestyle that is both pre-WWII retro and, at the same time, suddenly on the cutting edge of trends in American urban planning. If you have a memory longer than 10 years, and are honest in your current appraisal of all of our blocks, you’ll know that MK’s neighborhood passage from 1940s era hamlet to present urban model hasn’t been seamless nor are our current commercial districts spotless. While most of our retail nodes are healthy and becoming more attractive to new businesses every year, we can still find empty storefronts and vacant lots in both higher– and lower– profile areas of the neighborhood. Neighborhood associations including MKNA along with commercial developers and business entrepreneurs are actively generating new ideas for community renewal. Yet, the development of human-scaled, mixed-use projects that embrace visions of walkable streetscapes requires new approaches to established zoning rules. In the series ‘An Introduction to Form-Based Codes,’ Joel Russell and Mary Madden state, “Not only does most zoning fail to implement plans for the future, many towns and cities are also realizing that their current zoning ordinances would not even allow them to rebuild their historic centers and neighborhoods.” LIVE ~ WORK ~ SHOP ~ PLAY ~ LEARN ~ GROW IN MK

Many communities seeking to develop new neighborhoods, or to renew historic urban centers, have embraced the form-based code approach to guide their vision. Tony Perez, Director of Form-Based Coding for Opticos Design, Inc. in Berkeley, CA writes, “Form-based coding began in response to the aspirations of a few visionary architects and developers who wanted to build genuine, lasting places, based on the patterns of great local communities. Unresponsive zoning regulations often erected insurmountable barriers to these proposals and made proposals for sprawl the path of least resistance… Today, form-based coding is a necessary zoning reform—one of several important tools that communities need to position themselves as serious candidates for reinvestment.”

The MK Plan All development in Meridian~Kessler is currently regulated by several sets of overlapping policies—The Indianapolis-Marion County Zoning Ordinance along with various Adopted Land Use Plans including “Indianapolis Insight: The Comprehensive Plan for Marion County, Indiana, Community Values Component (2002)” and our current neighborhood plan titled “Meridian~Kessler Subarea Plan (1979).” The introduction to the 1979 Subarea Plan includes the statement, “The plan is designed as a five year program. It is subject to review and amendment within this time framework.” While the 1979 Plan was an appropriate response to the concerns of MK citizens at that time, it does not provide guidelines for achieving the qualities of life we want to enjoy today. Our current conditions— and the visions and values of MK residents— require a new Plan that incorporates a contemporary form-based code approach to conceptualizing opportunities for urban renewal and economic development. As a result, Meridian~Kessler initiated a process to write a new “Meridian~Kessler Subarea Plan.” The underlying Zoning Code— currently being recrafted through the Indy Rezone process— will remain in effect. A new Meridian~Kessler Subarea Neighborhood Plan will continue to act as an “overlay” providing recommended actions in the form of visual and written standards that describe building setbacks, heights, scale, landscaping and mix of land uses. It should influence future land use and reuse decisions and catalyze infill projects by encouraging— and visually demonstrating— the types of future development that the community desires. For example, new projects along Winthrop Avenue and the Monon Trail have already started to transform this once bleak industrial area into a vibrant commercial office corridor through effective adaptive re-use of former industrial properties. Projects including DeveloperTown, TCC Software Solutions and Bent Rail Brewery are evidence of the demand of progressive entrepreneurs to locate their businesses within livable communities. They understand that to attract the most desirable employees from a competitive labor pool, they must offer workplaces that are in or adjacent to thriving residential communities— where employees can bike


GO ONLINE TO LEARN MORE about the Indianapolis–Marion County Zoning Ordinance and the Indy ReZone process.

What is Form–Based Code ? Form Based Code is a means for regulating development to achieve a desired urban quality. It’s different from zoning. Zoning is, by nature, general. Form-based code is rooted in a specific place. Zoning is focused on ‘protection from bad’. Form-based code is focused on ‘getting to good’. The form-based approach is visual; It provides not just the code but the results. Zoning Codes focus on Separation of land use types Height limits Setbacks Floor to Area Ratios Minimum Parking Ratios Form Based Codes focus on A community vision Appropriate scale and form of development Relationships between buildings and streets Form and mass of buildings Scale and types of streets and blocks

Process for Development of the new Meridian~Kessler Subarea Plan Steering Committee Launches Work on Plan January 10, 2012 Stakeholders NEIGHBORS residing near non-residential properties-homeowners and those leasing OWNERS of non-residential properties ASSOCIATIONS including Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association Meridian Street Preservation Commission Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association Keystone-Monon Neighborhood Partnership Meridian Kessler Neighbors Helping Neighbors Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation Maple Road Development Association LOCAL GOVERNMENT City of Indianapolis Division of Planning Kathleen Blackham, Senior Current Planner Keith Holdsworth, Principal Long Range Planner Facilitators/Planning Committee Alicia Byers, Mary Owens, Co-Chairs Tom Gallagher, RLA & Urban Designer Jon Albrecht, Architect Polly Spiegel, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, IUPUI Kent Pinaire, Architect Jim Garrettson, Attorney Scott Lacy, Realtor Jerrey Finnegan, Engineer Vera Adams, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ball State University Karl Selm, Geographic Information Systems Neighborhood Meeting Series How will Meridian~Kessler look and feel in the next 20 years? Central Avenue Corridor Discussion: From 40th Street to 46th Street February 8, 2012 College Avenue Discussion: From Kessler Boulevard to 52nd Street February 16, 2012 College Avenue Discussion: From 49th Street to 40th Street February 27, 2012 38th Street Corridor Discussion: from College to Meridian Tuesday June 5, 2012 Monon Trail Corridor Discussion: From 54th Street to 42nd Street December 4, 2012 38th Street Corridor Discussion: From Fairgrounds to Central Avenue January 15th, 2013 38th Street Corridor Discussion: From Central Avenue to Fall Creek February 24, 2013 38th Street Corridor Discussion: From Central Avenue to Meridian Street April 9, 2013 49th and Pennsylvania Street Discussion May 21, 2013 Neighborhood Discussion Prioritizing Feedback on all Character Areas June 18, 2013


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Public improvements: street trees, street lamps, decorative traffic signals, bulbouts

Remodeling of existing buildings; Adding amenities.

Adding a connector to the Monon Trail.

Form-based coding began in response to the aspirations of a few visionary architects and developers who wanted to build genuine, lasting places, based on the patterns of great local communities. Unresponsive zoning regulations often erected insurmountable barriers to these proposals and made proposals for sprawl the path of least resistance. From its outset nearly 35 years ago, form-based coding exposed the inabilities of conventional zoning to efficiently address the needs of today’s communities. Today, form-based coding is a necessary zoning reform—one of several important tools that communities need to position themselves as serious candidates for reinvestment. Tony Perez, Top 10 Misconceptions About Form-Based Codes, Better Cities and Towns, September-October 2014

New construction, two story buildings instead of tall single story buildings.


“Form-based codes begin with exploration of a place, to discover its time-tested aspects, those beloved buildings, blocks and neighborhoods which remain continually useful, hold up well and get even better over time.” Alan Mammoser, The Frontier of Form-Based Codes, Fall 2010

to work, walk to lunch and connect their personal identity to a relevant lifestyle.

those uses neighbors feel would never be acceptable to them, followed by identification of types of businesses to be discouraged.

By rewriting our MK Neighborhood Plan with the form-based code approach, we can provide tangible tools to influence how adaptive re-use developments continue along Winthrop Avenue and in all of our other neighborhood Character Areas.

A narrative of each community conversation was written by facilitators and published on the MK Plan section of the website. These notes as well as minutes from all Steering Committee meetings are presently available online. Hundreds of stakeholders including residents, business owners and representatives of bordering neighborhood associations gave feedback during eight discussions.

The MK Plan speaks to the interaction between the streets, blocks, commercial and residential buildings, parking and traffic density patterns. It provides examples of best practices for creating comfortable relationships between people, properties and the street. Being mindful of the goals of safe movement throughout our neighborhood, the form-based code approach also addresses all modes of transportation accessibility to areas of the neighborhood and the appropriateness of adding features such as bike lanes and racks, bus stop shelters and seating, new sidewalks and providing landscaping between the sidewalks and off-street vehicular zones.

The Process In order to convene public meetings to gather feedback from all the stakeholders, the Steering Committee identified unique districts or “character areas” throughout Meridian~Kessler. The establishment of character areas reflects the recognition that there is diversity of community assets, styles, textures, functions, needs and concerns within different pockets of Meridian~Kessler. By defining the character areas— the intersection of 49th and Pennsylvania Street, a Central Avenue Corridor, College Avenue from Kessler to 52nd, College Avenue from 49th to 40th, a Monon Trail Corridor and a 38th Street Corridor divided into three segments— the process allows for the development of a plan that respects the uniqueness of areas that deserve unique form-based codes. The meeting for each character area opened with an introduction to the concept of form-based code and an examination of photographs of the area to explore what might be a unifying “typology” of the area. Discussion of the typology served as the starting point for the community conversation where stakeholders could share why those chose to live in the area. While discussions focused upon form (architectural style, setbacks, lighting, signage, street and bicycle markings, landscaping) they also addressed land use issues, as these might have an impact upon form as well. Stakeholders at every meeting discussed “What aspects do you not want to see change?” and “What are problem areas and how do you envision the solution?” Neighbors shared what might best suit their personal needs and also what guidelines might serve to strengthen the neighborhood as a whole. Every neighborhood meeting included an opportunity to articulate “deal breakers”—

Patterns emerging from the feedback include a desire to improve the pedestrian experience and to keep MK a “walk-able” place through the introduction of upgrades in our infrastructure such as burying utility lines, installing new curbs, lighting pedestrian paths, upgrading storm and sanitary sewers. Tom Gallagher, a professional urban designer and longtime neighborhood resident, actively advised the planning committee and also contributed conceptual images for the Winthrop Avenue corridor to demonstrate how the form-based code approach can affect the development of an area over time. Using data that emerged from the community process, city planning staff members Kathleen Blackham and Keith Holdsworth created a twenty-six-page draft of the MK Plan document. Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning undergraduate students Michael Gasper and Alayna Davidson created the supporting visual illustrations.

Next Steps This spring, the draft of the MK Neighborhood Plan will be presented to the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood at a public meeting and on the MKNA website for review and comment. Any changes will be incorporated and a final draft will be presented again for approval by the neighborhood. The Plan will then be presented to the Metropolitan Development Commission for adoption and inclusion in the City’s Comprehensive Plan as a regulatory document. Working together as residents and business owners through a community visioning process, and partnering with City planning and regulatory agencies, we have the opportunity to shape the quality of how we choose to live, work, shop, play, learn and grow. The development of a new Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Plan encourages all neighbors to collaborate to shape the form, texture and livability of our neighborhood for future decades— to conserve its historic architectural charms and to promote its inherent relevance to contemporary lifestyles through sensitive reuse, repurposing and revitalization.


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Patrons $250 James & Phyllis Beatty Bill & Lisa Boncosky Harry & Kristine Danz Greg & Carol Gaich Ann & Larry Henss Mike & Anne Kennedy John & Elaine Klein Stephanie & Gary Kleinrichert Jim & Barb Mifflin Andrew & Jane Paine Sarah Binford & Peter Racher Christopher A. Slapak & Michael J. Robertson Robert Scheller Lynn Smith Steve & Tina Sullivan Jim & Leah Turner Gretchen Wolfram Benefactors $500 Robert & Mary Beth Braitman John & Cathy Bridge James Donaldson Tom & Karen Gallagher Mike & Cindy Graham Polly Spiegel & Peter Grossman Sheryl Facktor & Phillip Mervis Andrew & Jane Paine Alan Pyle Matt & Natalie Troyer Gretchen Wolfram Christopher & Ann Stack Business Members Copper $50 Architectural Restoration Bella Vista Fine Landscaping Connor Company La Mulita Dixie Roe, Realtor David Graf HCO Architects Jim Wright Painting JM Mallon Galleries Kids Ink L.E. Kincaid & Sons, Inc. Landrigan & Company, Realtors Vickrey Remodeling NAMI Sue & Ernie Kobets Sullivan Hardware The Flying Cupcake

Bronze $100 Broad Ripple Lock Service Cardinal Manufacturing Easter Conservation Fine Estate Art and Rugs Good Morning Mama’s Guardhouse Security Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Kirkenlow Remodeling Elizabeth Marshall, Realtor Meridian Psychological Associates Sherman & Co. Public Relations Stilwell Design & Remodeling Robert Stokes, DDS The Great Frame Up The Somerville Team Silver $250 Alex Mirkin Real Estate Services Adam Gibson Design CBRE Delicia Fit Flex Fly Indianapolis Opera Mama Carolla’s Restaurant Mark M. Holeman, Inc. MidTown Trees Verdigris Yatz Gold $500 Marigold Clothing Store The National Bank of Indianapolis Platinum $1000 Café Patachou American Village Benefactor $2500 Pegg Kennedy, Realtor Philanthropist $5000 Citizens Energy Group The Litz Group Institutional Members Supporters $50 Arts for Learning Immaculate Heart of Mary Church of Christ College Ave. Fairview Presbyterian Church Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church Life Community Church Midtown Vineyard Community Church Northwood Christian Church Second Presbyterian Church Promoters $150 Meridian Street United Methodist Church Patrons $300 St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Trinity Episcopal Church 2015 MK Home Tour Sponsors Sponsors will be listed in the May edition of Spark


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Copper ~ $ 50 Benefits include • Basic Listing in online Business Directory for one year. • Annual subscription to MK Newsletter • MK Neighborhood Window Decal • MK auto bumper sticker decal Bronze ~ $ 100 Copper benefits plus • Premium Listing in online Business Directory for one year. Silver ~ $ 250 BE S T VA LUE ! B IG DISCOUNTS! Bronze benefits plus • Slideshow Photo Gallery of photographs (provided by you) added to your Business Directory Profile Page. • Discounted rates on advertising in MK Newsletter • One online advertisement for one month displayed within the interior of • One photo post to MK Facebook page and Twitter.

Gold ~ $ 500 Silver benefits plus • One online advertisement for one month displayed on the homepage of • One promotional story about your business on the BLOG Platinum ~ $ 1,000 Gold benefits plus • Lifetime Premium Listing in online Business Directory. • One year recognition of your sponsorship in the boilerplate of MK Newsletter. • Two tickets to the Meridian~Kessler Home & Garden Tour Benefactor ~ $ 2,500 Platinum benefits plus • One full page color advertisement in MK Newsletter. • Two tickets to the Meridian~Kessler Home & Garden Twilight Tour and Dinner. Philanthropist ~ $ 5,000 Benefactor benefits for three years plus • Our undying gratitude.

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