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Old Southside April Community Meeting – Find out what you missed!

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Old Southside April Meeting

Old Southside community meeting was called to order at 7pm.  OSNA Secretary Shannon Dugan states March minutes were previously emailed, and the minutes are approved. 

→March meeting minutes can be found here

Treasurer Herb Floyd’s Report – OSNA’s current available balance is $1031.92. 

Judith Essex submitted a bill for reimbursement, for payment of ink cartridges and printing, and mulch. The mulch was purchased for the April 1st neighborhood beautification and cleanup.

→ Click here to see photos from the neighborhood cleanup!


Reports and community updates were provided by several guests and the discussion lasted about 20 minutes. Councilor Miller was up first

Councilor Jeff Miller

Photo of Jeff Miller Indianapolis City County Councillor District 16Justice Center: The location of the new justice center has been decided and will be located at Twin Aire. →Read about the Justice Center project here.

The Reuben Engagement Center: ATC/Jail #2 is the new engagement center for the homeless and treating drug addiction.  You can read more about the Reuben Engagement Center in this article from WFYI or this article from Fox59.

Department of Public Works has a new director, Tim Joyce. Previous director Lori Miser is now working for the Pacers. →Read about the transition here

Mayors Neighborhood Advocate Ike McCoy

Indianapolis old southside mayors neighborhood advocate Ike McCoyThe Old Southside has a new Mayors Advocate! We are pleased to introduce Mr. Isaac (Ike) McCoy. Update your contact list; he has our previous advocate Lisa’s old phone number.

Ike can be reached at 317-327-5127 or email

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocates are your direct link to the Mayor’s office, as well as any city department and service. Click here to find the advocate for your neighborhood!


IMPD – Officer R. El

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department BadgeIMPD reports the department is still dealing with vehicle thefts.

Notes violent crime is down, however a person was shot about a week ago on Leeds St.

There are concerns about church parking at Capitol and Senate where a No Parking sign is posted. This area is part of the IMPD Downtown District, which is handled by Officer Kim Evans. Officer Evans may be reached at 317-327-6515


Community Updates

The remainder of the meeting was discussion about upcoming events, beautification projects, area business issues, and future development.

Neighborhood Cleanups & Adopt-a-Block

Take pride in your hood! Adopt-a-Block is a free volunteer program sponsored by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate. KIB provides all the supplies: trash bags, shovels, brooms, and more! All you have to do is sign up and tell them which street you’d like to keep clean. As an added bonus, all participants are eligible to receive free native plants and trees for your home and block. How cool is that?

→Click here to learn more about KIB Adopt-a-Block program

If you prefer to help out an exiting crew, there are a few opportunities coming up:

Saturday, April 15th – Graffitti cleanup

A group of volunteers will be at American Tent & Awning, 205 E. Palmer St., to again remove graffiti, from the James Whitcomb Riley mural

Saturday, April 29th – Landscaping Project

A collaboration with Mount Pleasant Christian Church(MPCC) and Stadium Village Business Association. There are 2 landscape sites:

  • Site 1 is Meridian between Ray and Morris streets.  All concrete planters will be planted as well as the Welcome Garden.
  • Site 2 is the Palmer Street Wildlife Habitat which is also receiving new landscaping.  MPCC is providing the expertise, 100+ volunteers, and funds for the new plants.  OSNA will donate money for one tree.

***UPDATE: this landscaping event was canceled due to severe weather and has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 6th*** 

Saturday, May 13th – Adopt-a-Block cleanup #5

Meet on the corner at the Vollrath Building, 10:30am. Check out the Facebook event page for details!

Neighborhood EventsBike-ride-path

Saturday, April 29th – Fresh Start Bike Tour: 2:00 – 4:30pm. The Fresh Start bike tour teaches urban gardening, growing and healthy eating. And the route is right through our neighborhood! →Visit the event page for details

News – Lenny’s Gentlemens Club

  • Asked for continuance with the Indiana Court of Appeals, as the court changed counsel again
  • Had an inspection regarding the LNCU and they can no longer use the building next door for the strip club
  • Lenny’s has listed the building/business for sale

Housing & Development

Neighborhood LIFT Program 

Provides eligible homebuyers with $15,000 in down payment assistance on qualified properties in Marion County. Yes, REALLY! This wonderful program is available through INHP. There are some stipulations, so check out the INHP site to learn more.

New Apartments

Building on the SW corner of Morris & Meridian will be torn down this summer and new apartments will be built in 2018.

Next Meeting

→Wednesday, May 10th @ 7pm, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Please let us know if you will join. Can’t make it? Please leave your questions, concerns, and comments on the discussion board.

Thanks, we’ll see you next time. Meeting Adjourned.

Thank you to OSNA secretary Shannon Dugan for keeping and submitting meeting minutes. #takesavillage

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