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September Newsletter

MFCDC Makes the Move to Historic Stutz Mansion

At the end of September, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation’s offices will be moving to 3190 North Meridian Street, known as the Historic Stutz Mansion.

Picture of the east side of the Historic Stutz Mansion.

We are able to transition into this beautiful space thanks to our partnership with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Our current location, 130 East 30th Street, will become Kid City USA’s Meridian Park location, a childcare and early childhood educational provider. For more information on Kid City USA, click here.

Our new, centrally-located offices will allow us to continue to exceptionally perform our services to our Mid-North neighbors. And, if you are looking for volunteer work, contact us! We could use the help moving on Sept. 29!


Help Community Dreams Come True with NAP

Here at MFCDC, we connect neighborhood partners to help, serve, revitalize, stimulate, and invest resources to rebuild an affordable, safe, and vital community. We empower neighbors and restore hope. Our work goes beyond housing and leasing. As we meet comprehensive physical, social, and economic needs, we shape a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable future.

This is our mission. Our series of parks and greenspaces play a vital role in our mission. What were once vacant, trash-filled lots are now vibrant and green places for our neighbors to enjoy.  

And we can excel in our mission with a donation from you.

To keep up with maintenance and programming costs and to improve our parks’ infrastructure, we set a fundraising goal of $8,256. Here is a list of questions you may have about this fundraising initiative:

Why the strange-looking fundraising number?
In April, MFCDC applied to take part in the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). In July, we were awarded $4,128 of tax credits to “sell” to donors. Through NAP, donors can receive half of their charitable contributions (as long as they are worth at least $100) back on their Indiana state taxes.

On our side, we must raise enough money to cover all $4,128 in order to fulfill our agreement with the NAP program administrators, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Half of each donation through the NAP program is put back into the pockets of the donors. This is the same half which is deducted from the pool of money we were awarded. Or, as the IHCDA’s website puts it, “tax credits are distributed to donors at 50% of the contribution amount and are subtracted from a donor’s state income tax liability.”

Because just half of each donation counts towards our NAP total, we must raise double the amount we were awarded to reach our goal.

When must this goal be reached?
We need to raise 60 percent ($4,953.60) of our goal by January 8 and 100 percent by April 8.

What progress has been made?
Thanks to generous donations through the month of August, we have raised $2900 so far. This is about 35 percent of our goal.

Where does the money raised go?
We reinvest this money into our parks and greenspaces with improvements to infrastructure, maintenance, and programming for the community to enjoy.

What can you do to help?
You can visit the parks page of our website by clicking here to find out more about NAP and how you can give back to your community at a reduced cost.


Celebrate Delaware Street Gateway!

Scott Westphal’s sculpture, Silver Fall, illuminates Silver Fall Park once darkness falls.

Join MFCDC and our Destination Fall Creek partners in celebrating the transformation of the Delaware Street Gateway! From 7-10pm on September 29 at Silver Fall Park (200 East Fall Creek Parkway North Drive), come enjoy our community celebration with fellowship with your neighbors, grooving in Deckademics’ Silent Disco, and chowing down on local food truck eats. The Delaware Street Gateway Celebration will also highlight Silver Fall Park’s titular art piece, Scott Westphal’s sculpture Silver Fall. While beautiful in the day time, this piece is breathtaking at night!

Learn more about the transformation of the Delaware Street Gateway by clicking here. Also, continue reading below to find out more about other exciting initiatives in our Destination Fall Creek Projects Update article!


Opioid Educational Event Recap

A group of experts on the opioid epidemic gathered to share their expertise at Ivy Tech on Aug. 29. Nancy Beals of Drug-Free Marion County, Detective Ethan McGivern of IMPD’s Behavioral Health Unit’s Community Outreach Office, and Marion County Public Helath Department’s Debra Buckner and Byron Reynolds each gave presentations to a group of Indianapolis residents.

(Left) Nancy Beals of Drug Free Marion County address a question during the Opioid Educational Event. (Right) Member of the Inner Beauty Program engage themselves in the Opioid Educational Event.

After presenting statistics concerning the alarming rise of opioid overdoses in Marion County over the past few years, Nancy Beals’s presentation turned conversational. She entertained questions from a group of about 10 young women from the Inner Beauty Program. Perhaps one of the more important pieces of information to come from this presentation were her examples of opioids, which included prescribed narcotics such as Lortab, Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, and morphine. It also included drugs such as fentanyl and heroin.

Detective McGivern provided information about the Good Samaritan Law: in the instances of a group of people using drugs and one overdoses, the rest are provided amnesty should they call 911. He also let the audience know that the IMPD carries Narcan, which is a nasal spray which delivers naloxone. Naloxone reverses the effects of a narcotic overdose.

The Marion County Public Health Department highlighted its partnership with The Salvation Army HarborLight Center as a resource for substance use case management. More information can be found here. Additionally, the speakers let it be known they will do free Narcan training for groups of 5-20 people. The group must be people who are close with those who use opiates and are at risk of overdosing. Narcan is also available without a prescription in Indiana at some local CVSs and Walgreens.

Other resources for those struggling with addiction include Volunteers for America’s Fresh Start Recover Center, which is aimed at mothers, as well as Indianapolis Addiction Centers.


Mid-North Area Exclusive at Shortridge

Come recognize, appreciate, and celebrate Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School! At 6pm on Sept. 13, Mid-North area residents are invited to Shortridge for 3D Maker Space, robotics, and theater demonstrations! Light refreshments and a tour will also be provided. Parents, if you have a child close to high-school age, come explore this wonderful resource.


AmeriCorps Position Open

MFCDC is seeking to fill an AmeriCorps position to help financially empower Mid-North area neighbors.

MFCDC’s Indiana Financial Capability Corps member will increase MFCDC’s capacity to deliver financial education services for individuals seeking resident development services. This includes MFCDC & Mapleton Properties (Section 42) rental residents, MFCDC Individual Development Account (IDA) participants, and other interested Mid-North community members.

Those interested can contact MFCDC’s Housing Director Courtney Goodwyn through email at courtney@mfcdc.org or phone at (317) 800-6609.


Food Access Task Force Needs You!

 On the second Monday of each month, a group of neighbors and community partners meet to plan how to best bring affordable and healthy food to the Mid-North area. This group, the Food Access Task Force, meets at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church (418 East 34th St.) at 6pm.
The Food Access Task Force meets with two goals in mind: 1) how do we address the issue of our food desert status? and 2) how can we best use the property formerly known as Fall Creek Gardens to serve the community?
The members of this action-oriented team have each been tasked with researching retail grocery models and their alternatives for the Sept. 11 meeting. Join us for the discussion and be a part of the solution!

Projects Update

Destination Fall Creek Champion Doug Day convened a meeting on Aug. 29 between Destination Fall Creek partners to provide updates on their projects. Here are a few highlights from these updates:

Central@29: The Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation looks to transform the 2 city blocks between Fall Creek Parkway and 30th Street on the east side of Central Avenue. This project would create mixed-income apartment units with retail space. The project has been shelved for financial reasons.  While the project is not “dead,” it will likely need to be re-envisioned to be viable. 

Bridge Construction: The Capitol Street Bridge over Fall Creek Parkway is approximately 55 percent completed and is slated for completion in November 2017. The Central Avenue bridge’s anticipated completion will be in November 2018. Construction on the Senate Street bridge will begin November 2018 and is anticipated to be completed near the end of 2019. Construction on the College Avenue bridge will not begin until the Central Avenue bridge is restored. 

Red/Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit: Substantial construction on the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit system will begin at the beginning of 2018 and completed by the end of 2018. Testing will be conducted during the spring of 2019 and then the Red Line will open shortly. Click here for more information. The Purple Line, which will have stops at Orchard Avenue and Coliseum Avenue along 38th Street. Construction will begin in 2019 and the Purple Line will open late 2020 or early 2021.

The Children’s Museum/Riley Children’s Health Sports Legend Experience: The Sports Legend Experience is set to open in late spring of 2018. Additionally, The Children’s Museum has secured funding from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. and Local Initiatives Support Corporation to paint a mural under the Interstate 65 and 30th Street underpass on Sept. 29. This is a project for Indy Do Day, a city-wide day of service for Indianapolis residence. Find out more information and how you can volunteer here.

Raphael Health Center Expansion: Raphael Health Center broke ground to upgrade and expand its facilities on Aug. 31.


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