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February Newsletter

MFCDC Receives IDA Funding

We are excited to announce Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation received Individual Development Account (IDA) program funding from Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

IDAs are social innovation tools to help low-income individuals and families build wealth as a pathway out of poverty. Through the four-year matched savings program and financial coaching, IDA program participants are able to save money to accomplish major financial objectives. This includes buying a new home, starting a small business, or going to college. For each dollar a participant saves up to $250 a year, the program will match it with four dollars. This means, if you successfully save $250, then the program will match it with $1,000, totaling a combined savings of $1,250.

Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation is only the second IDA program in Central Indiana. In partnership with Fifth Third Bank, MFCDC will manage 15 IDA accounts. The IDA program is part of MFCFC’s comprehensive community development strategy to build an equitable and sustainable community by increasing economic opportunity.

To apply for the IDA program, contact Courtney Goodwyn at (317) 800-6608 or by email at You can also attend our monthly HoUSE event to learn more.

Check out the video here.

A New Book at the StoryWalk

Kadir Nelson’s I Have a Dream, has recently been added to the StoryWalk in the Ruckle Street pocket park (3022 Ruckle St). The book is an illustrated tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech, which he delivered August 28, 1963 during the Civil Rights March on Washington. The book consists of 17 original oil paintings that bring Dr. King’s speech to life for readers of all ages. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, over 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation’s past.

Neighbors are invited to pick up a free copy of I Have a Dream at the InfoZone Library located at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis while supplies last.

Community Basketball Tournament

The Mid-North and Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan groups have partnered for a five-week basketball tournament and resource fair. This will be held from February 2nd – March 4 at the Little Bethel Crosstown Community Center.

Although competitive basketball is an important aspect of the effort, the tournament will also serve as an opportunity to showcase resident-led efforts to improve the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhood.

The purpose of the event is to increase awareness around various community resources and encourage neighbors to work together to improve their communities. Each Thursday evening will highlight a quality of life focus area including business development, education, housing, health, and public safety.

Check out the City League at Little Bethel Crosstown Community Center Facebook page to stay updated.

Meet Our AmeriCorps Public Ally J.D. Sparks


J.D. Sparks is the Community Building AmeriCorps Public Ally. He will play a key role in MFCDC’s community building efforts, with a special focus on our health initiatives.

J.D. was born in Peru, Indiana and attended Peru High School. He received his BA in Anthropology from IUPUI in Spring of 2016. He was first introduced to Mapleton-Fall Creek through MFCDC’s community-based research partnership with the IUPUI Department of Anthropology. His research focused on the role of greenspaces in physical activity and health. Prior to earning his degree, he wrote and edited the sports section of the daily newspaper in Wabash, Indiana. In his free time, J.D. enjoys his love-hate relationship with the Colts, spending time with his loved ones, learning, and volunteering his time.

Mapleton-Fall Creek Traffic Updates

On January 13th, the Central Avenue bridge officially closed for construction. The bridge was scheduled to close this Spring as part of the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) plan to provide much needed repairs to the bridges along Fall Creek. Due to additional erosion found during an onsite inspection, DPW closed the bridge earlier than planned. The bridge is scheduled to reopen in 2018.

DPW recently announce important traffic changes as a result of the bridge closure. On February 1st, there will be a dedicated left-turn lane and left-turn arrow added to the westbound lanes of Fall Creek Parkway. There will be vertical pavement markers on the south side of the center lane, between 30th Street and College Avenue.

Additional traffic-safety measures pertaining to these changes will be added. At this time, no pedestrian traffic is permitted on the Central Avenue bridge over Fall Creek.

Complete Streets Updates 

MFCDC has a strong commitment to making sure the streets and roads work for not only drivers, but also pedestrians, bicyclists, children, older adults, and people with disabilities. Significant progress is being made in Mapleton-Fall Creek towards making the streets safer for all neighbors.

For nearly five years, MFCDC, neighbors and community partners have collaborated to transform the intersection of Fall Creek Parkway and Delaware Street, known as the Delaware Street Gateway. Plans to transform the gateway include new crosswalks, sidewalks, pedestrian signaling, public art, and enhanced greenspace. The roadwork at the Delaware Street Gateway is expected to be completed by June.

In addition to the roadwork at the gateway, another resident-driven effort is underway to make streets safer in our community. The Department of Public Works (DPW) pilot project, Rethinking Our Streets, has empowered neighbors to find low-cost solutions to make the streets safer. The project has resulted in 13 new crosswalks, a street mural, a stop sign, and a temporary traffic roundabout. Neighbors are encouraged to provide their input on the changes by participating in this online survey.

Your input will help decide more permanent solutions make the streets safer.

Tarkington Park Community Meeting

Join the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Indy Parks, and Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. for the first in a series of public workshops to discuss the future of Tarkington Park. These workshops will help determine events, programming, operations, and maintenance plan for the park. All are welcome!

The workshop will take place Tuesday, February 7th, 5:30pm at North United Methodist Church (3808 N Meridian) fellowship hall.

MFCDC Contractor Fair Coming Soon

MFCDC is seeking experienced, high-quality professionals to join our housing team. In March, we will host a fair for local contractors to meet the MFCDC staff and provide information about their experience and qualifications.

Stay tuned for more information!

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