2016 Quarterly Meetings:
- Thursday, November 3
All meetings are held at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Latest on Website!
Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis - or HUNI as it is more commonly known - was formed in 1980 as a gathering place and resource for some of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Indianapolis.
Our website is designed to expand the reach of HUNI to all residents of Indianapolis, as well as to visitors who may have an interest in the historic areas of our city. Here you will find information on many of Indianapolis' historic neighborhoods, all in one place. The HUNI site also contains helpful information for neighborhood associations to support their work, ideas on how to do research on the history of your home or your office building, and activities occurring in Indianapolis' historic neighborhoods.
Profiles in Preservation
Marsh Davis, Indiana Landmarks President
Julia Pratt, HUNI Editorial Board member and resident of historic Old Speedway City, interviewed Marsh Davis to gain some insight into his views on issues facing historic preservation and his background from a Preservation Intern to President of Indiana Landmarks. Click here for the Marsh Davis interview.
For a complete listing of today's events "in progress," and to find additional events in HUNI neighborhoods, central Indiana cities, or national preservation events, please visit the calendar here.
Eastside Landmark Church Saved
For those following the efforts to save St John's Church, HUNI has some good news. On September 14th a joint news release reported that The Town of Cumberland, the City of Indianapolis, the St John Church Congregation and the Whitsett Group reached an agreement on the terms of sale of the Church to TWG Development saving both the historic structure and the accompanying cemetary. The planned development includes 60 income-based senior units as well as mixed use. The IBJ and WTHR-Channel 13 shared additional details about the deal.
For those new to this issue, this Eastside landmark—for which German Church Road is named—was facing certain demolition, be it not for the efforts of the Town of Cumberland representatives and preservation-minded citizens across the Community as well as institutions like Indiana Landmarks. The significance of this church architecturally and as a century-old community anchor made it imperative to save for future generations to enjoy and for past generations to reminisce.
Here's the joint news release issued on September 14th.
IndyGo Red Line
Electronic Petition circulating for residents wishing to voice support for the Red Line
At the final HUNI Quarterly Meeting of 2015, HUNI reps heard from IndyGo staff about Phase 1 of the Red Line, a new bus rapid transit line, running from Broad Ripple on the north side to University of Indianapolis on the south side. This new line will provide more frequent service with fewer stops, connecting area residents with more places to work, shop, and experience our great city. As with most leaps forward, it does not come without a few growing pains and some change to the familiar. IndyGo has held countless meetings to solicit public input and many articles have been published touting the benefits to our community, including this one by David Hoppe of NUVO.
IndyGo is actively conducting community outreach and offering online and over-the-phone input opportunities as it is gearing-up in anticipation of a November 2016 referendum to fund transit improvements and expansion. Here’s a link to more details: http://www.indygo.net/transitplan/ including a public open house at Central Library in the Special Collections Room from 10am-2pm with a brief presentation at 12:30pm.
If you support the IndyGo Red Line, you can help by…1) signing (and sharing) a change.org petition available by clicking here. 2) send a letter to Mayor Hogsett et al expressing your opinion.
If you would like to learn more about IndyGo’s mission to restore, increase, and better transit service throughout the city – visit www.IndyGo.net/redline.
Click here if you'd like a visual overview of the impact of transit on our community and future steps for adopting a strategic Marion County Transit Plan.
Indy Rezone Speaker Moved to 2017 Annual Meeting on Feb 4
HUNI will host Tammara Tracy, at its annual meeting on February 4, 2017 to discuss Indy Rezone, the new zoning ordinance that impacts every neighborhood in Marion County. Originally, Tammara--Principal Planner, Div of Planning, Department of Metropolitan Development--was scheduled to present at HUNI's 3Q meeting, but had a last minute schedule conflict preventing her from attending. This YouTube video presents some importance points of this ordinance changes. HUNI Neighborhood Reps are encouraged to bring questions about Indy Rezone for the Q&A.
'History IN the Making' Series next features Fletcher Place Home Tour
On Saturday, August 20, The Fletcher Place Neighborhood Association announced in August a three part project called 'History IN the Making.' It featured a FREE workshop on Researching your Home in August. For part two of the series, Fletcher Place will host a holiday home tour in December. The final piece features a commemorative magazine published for the home tour with the facts gained from our neighbors' research. This 3-part series is made possible by the Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Humanities, Indiana Landmarks, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Fletcher Place Named Neighborhood of the Year
Congrats to HUNI Member Neighborhood Fletcher Place on their recent title "Neighborhood of the Year" by Neighborhoods USA. Fletcher Place beat neighborhoods across America in Iowa, Washington, Nebraska & TX for this prestigious honor. See more here.
Is your neighborhood participating?
HUNI was pleased to welcome Perry Hammock, Executive Director of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration, at its April 28th Quarterly Meeting. Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration kicked off on Statehood Day, December. 11, 2015, and will continue to a grand finale weekend on December 10 and 11, 2016. Indiana's Bicentennial Commission aims to honor our state’s 200 years of history, and do so in a way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers, leaving a lasting lgeacies for future generations. The Bicentennial Commission has worked with volunteer coordinators in every county of the state to identify projects that are worthy of designation as “Official Bicentennial Legacy Projects.” To date, more than 1,000 projects have been endorsed, representing all 92 counties and hundreds of cities and towns, villages, and neighborhoods. For a look at Bicentennial projects, including special dates and celebrations, as well as ways for your neighborhood to be involved in this singular moment in Indiana history, visit the state's Bicentennial website. You can also view Indiana First Lady Karen Pence's activities as the state's official Bicentennial ambassador, reported on Hoosier History Live show.
The Indiana Album
Do you have old photographs of Indianapolis or other cities and towns in Indiana? The Indiana Album is a nonprofit organization that copies, catalogs, and shares historic images. It seeks photos, postcards, and graphics from all eras of houses, farms, businesses, streetscenes, churches, school, clubs, events, and interesting or influential people.
Contact email@example.com if you'd like to schedule a scan-a-thon for your neighborhood. Thanks for helping to preserve Indiana History.
Walking Tours of Historic Neighborhoods A Success!
For the past several years, Indiana Landmarks and HUNI have staged a walking tour each Thursday in May, spotlighting four different historic Indianapolis neighborhoods. The 2016 tours included Old Speedway, Herron-Morton Place, Watson Park, and Holy Cross. The 90-minute tours included a one- to one-and-a-half-mile walk, led by residents of the neighborhoods and assisted by Indiana Landmarks docents. Guides told the history of each area and its revitalization. Look for our tours again next May.
Meet Garry Chilluffo
New President of HUNI
At the February 6, 2016 Annual Meeting of HUNI, held at the Garfield Park Arts Center, HUNI representatives elected long-time St. Joseph resident and HUNI neighborhood representative Garry Chilluffo as President Garry moved into St. Joseph in 1985 and has served multiple terms as president of St Joseph Historic Neighborhood Association. He has been an advocate and supporter of HUNI and its mission for many years. He is involved in Indiana Landmarks as a docent and was named as the organization's Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Garry was instrumental in Indiana Landmarks' Welcome and Volunteer Program during the 2013 National Trust of Historic Places National Conference in Indianapolis. Garry served as a former Board member of Riley Area Revitalization program, where he collaborated on the Regional Center update and Mass Ave revitalization. If you would like to reach Garry directly, he can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BZA Denies Recent Variance Allowing New Digital BBs until After City's Sign Review is Completed
In the past year, more than 60 Marion County neighborhoods have come together to oppose digital billboards, until Indy Rezone has been completed (expected in the next 6 months) and until Indianapolis city planners can take a comprehensive look at all sign ordinances, gather community input, review best practices from around the country, and propose what works best for our city and its residents.
Back on November 5, 2015, Indianapolis-Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) denied a variance that would have allowed one billboard company to convert two static billboards (inside the I-465 beltway on Eastside and Westside) to digital billboards. Residents from HUNI neighborhoods, as well as other neighborhood across the city, sent emails to the BZA asking it to deny this request until after the Marion County sign ordinance is reviewed. BZA agreed.
UPDATE: February 26, 2016
More recent response to the digital billboard issue around the country can be seen in the following article about the moratorium of digital billboards in Reno, Nevada: City extends Moratorium on Electronic Billboards.
Legislators Miss Opportunity in 2016 to Support Homeowners
City-County Councillor Vop Osili wrote an op-ed article in the Indianapolis Business Journal earlier this month about protecting longtime homeowners from being pushed out by higher property taxes, when areas get redeveloped. The bill did not succeed in making it to a final vote this year, but if you would like to see this protection adopted by our state next year, be sure to contact your State legislators and ask them to ensure that our counties have the tools to adjust property taxes for those longtime homeowners who are investing their time, talent, and treasure rejuvenating neighborhoods.
"Don’t squeeze residents from revived areas" IBJ, February 6, 2016
Click here to find your legislator.
Montage on Mass
Things are heating up again with the "Digital Art" component of this project. Keep abreast of the developments on the Montage on Mass project located on Michigan Street at Alabama and its journey through the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) by viewing HUNI's Facebook page.
Relevant Articles, Updates,
and Background Info
At the May 18, 2015, City-Council Economic and Metropolitian Development Committee meeting Mary Moriarty Adams introduced amended language calling for the Department of Metropolitan Development to review digital billboards when they review the County's sign ordinance as well as the call for public education and input into the process. The Coalition of Organizations Against Prop 250 -- harnessing the voices of the people -- celebrated this amended language. Thank you to everyone for your support in person, by signing our petition or in spirit around the water cooler!
Don't think digital billboards impact you? Watch this video about a Toronto community which allowed digital billboards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qlRkg4zFDI
For previous articles on this topic, please reference the City & State: Digital Billooards page.
Downtown Indy Embraces Urban Neighborhoods in Heart of City
Launches new comprehensive website for all who live, work & play Downtown
Downtown Indy (formerly Indianapolis Downtown Inc) launched its new website www.downtownindy.org featuring--among other items--info on downtown neighborhoods. The site features everything you know and love about Downtown! Visitors can explore the extensive events database, check out Downtown neighborhoods, find top restaurants, get insider updates from a new blog, and more. Here's a direct link to the Neighborhood portion of the website.
Open to all Indy residents in both historic and non-historic neighborhoods, check out the "Dwell Downtown" affinity membership card with cool Downtown Indy swag and discounts to restaurants and businesses. Participants receive discounted coupons, invites to quarterly "meet ups" and discounted tickets and more.
Here's a one page flyer summarizing the Dwell Program.
The HUNI Editorial Board welcomes Britta Rees as its newest member. Britta presently lives in the Castleton area and works in the Nora area as an Architectural Historian. The Ball State graduate in Preservation Studies has a passion for historic neighborhoods. We enthusiastically welcome Britta to the Editorial Board.
On December 3rd, Indianapolis Downtown Inc (IDI) introduced its 5-year strategic plan, called “Velocity,” for Downtown to Community Leaders and Downtown Residents.