Bike Safety in Nora

A group of concerned bicycle riders rode a “Ride of Silence” on May 18th. This report from Fox59 News highlights the ride, the concerns of the group, and their ideas for the future. In 2021, Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI) lost one of its long-time employees, Frank Radaker, to a bike-car collision at the 86th Street crossing of the Monon Trail. BGI’s Connie Szabo-Schmucker led the ride and is helping organize riders to advocate for safer crossings. Indianapolis Bike Safety.

Infrastructure funding in Indianapolis

Do you have an idea for an Indianapolis Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership Grant? If you have an idea, check this program out. An example of a recent grant awarded in Washington Township established funding for the creation of a sidewalk on the east side of Westfield Avenue between 83rd and 86th Streets.

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Public Hearing – 96th and Meridian St.

Some public hearings regarding zoning and variances are going virtual in January. The hearing held for the proposed redevelopment of the Landmark Property at 96th and Meridian (SE corner) will be held virtually. Nora Alliance submitted the following comment, opposing the plan as it is now proposed. Instructions for the hearing are below. The Hearing may be accessed by using the web address given below for the event (preferable method) or by calling one of the phone numbers provided here: 

Purple blocks represent a 7-story buildings adjacent to College Commons.

MDC January 19, 2022 Meeting, at 1:00 PM:

United States Toll Free 1-844-992-4726   

United States Toll +1-408-418-9388  

Access code: 2344 600 4833 

Please log in five to ten minutes prior to the meeting. You may consult the planner for the petition for directions or clarification needed regarding virtual public hearings. 

Petition submittals: 

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Due to the critical level of positive COVID-19 cases in Marion County, the Public Hearings for this meeting shall be virtually held. For instructions in how to participate, please see the Webex instructions (under the Metropolitan Development Commission tab online at or contact the Division of Planning to receive specific hearing instructions.  

IndyGo Alters Red Line, Route 901

As frequent riders in Nora know, IndyGo recently altered its routes on College Ave and in Nora. The Red Line no longer extends its route into Nora, but turns at 66th Street. Northbound riders wishing to come into Nora must transfer to a smaller bus, route 901. The southbound 901 route has been altered, no […]

Washington Township Schools

This is probably old news now, but if you’re new to the neighborhood or if May of 2020 seems like a decade ago, we thought we’d connect you with the source on this local topic: Washington Township Schools referendum and facility planning. On the Washington Township Schools referendum page you can find FAQs, Projects, Project Timelines, Calculators and more. Link below:

Washington Township Schools Referendum Page

photo: GB Landrigan Realtors

Nora Center Work Group Comments on Car Wash Proposal

At a meeting hosted by Nora Community Council and attended by Nora Alliance President, James Williams, representatives from Crew Car Wash presented a proposal for a car wash to be located in Nora at the current Steak’n Shake located at 86th & Westfield. 

We have completed our review of the preliminary proposal and conclude that a car wash at this location is ​inconsistent with the Nora 2021 Community Plan​ and is ​an excluded use in the Marion County Land Use Plan​ under the Village Mixed-Use typology with Town Center overlay. Put plainly, a car wash does not fit within the planning regimes for our community. The Nora Alliance, therefore, cannot welcome the proposed development in the Nora Center area.

The mission of Nora Alliance (a group of neighbors and businesses) is “to support and encourage a spirit of community cooperation in Nora Center to promote strong amenities, connected people, and a vibrant built environment.” A portion of the work we’ve done in collaboration with neighbors, business and city planners is to consider Nora in the context of the city’s comprehensive plan, and to overlay a plan generated by Nora Alliance and our neighbors, Nora 2021.

The plans mentioned here help guide our discussion of projects of significant community impact. With regard to the proposed car wash, we sent a letter, copied to neighborhood groups and city officials, to Crew to express our viewpoints on the proposal. It can be viewed here.

The Monon, in the heart of Nora.

Update: Public Input into 91st & College proposals

Washington Township School District officials and construction/engineering consultants scheduled several open meetings in January that were open to the public and have continued to have dialogue with neighbors interested in the future of school transportation, safe & walkable neighborhoods, school upgrades and potential construction impacts.

At this link, you can see a presentation from January with additional renderings. Below: some additional dates for informational sessions (RSVP – see yellow notes).

Proposed transportation complex to replace soccer fields at 91st & College

Washington Township Schools is considering a plan to develop an Operations Service Center at the southwest corner of 91st Street and College Avenue. The land is currently the site of 10 soccer fields utilized by Dynamo FC.

The planned development would consolidate a number of district-wide functions into a single location. The complex would include facilities for parking, maintenance, and fueling of buses and other district vehicles, training facilities and offices for the district police department, offices for various other support functions, and storage warehouses for district property and equipment.

The project would be part of a $285 million capital referendum to be placed on the May 2020 ballot along with a $128 million operating referendum, if approved by the school board.  For more details, view the WTS presentation from the November 13 school board meeting.

The Washington Township School Board will hold a second hearing and vote on these referenda at the school board meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 6 PM at the H. Dean Evans Community and Education Center located at 8550 Woodfield Crossing Blvd.  As the proposed development has the potential to significantly alter the character of the surrounding area, the Nora Alliance encourages all interested residents to attend and participate in the school board meeting. It is our understanding there will be an opportunity for public comment.

June Events include Films, Fireflies

UPDATE 6/21: The event has been postponed until next Friday, June 28, due to rain.

We hope you’ll join us this June in Nora. On June 12th at Sahm’s Ale House on the Monon, we collaborate with Indiana Humanities and My White River to host a screening of White River Films with discussion following. The following week, on Friday the 21st28th, we host “Summer Solstice, a Night in Nora” with a family firefly walk and hands-on firefly art and firefly science led by the da Vinci Pursuit (“A museum without walls”). More info on our Facebook page or in the event descriptions linked here.

Sidewalk between Ironworks developments and Keystone Crossing available for use

INDIANAPOLIS (July 16, 2018) – The highly-anticipated sidewalk that connects Ironworks Hotel Indy and Ironworks at Keystone to the Keystone Crossing area is now open for public use.

The sidewalk, which stretches 1,140 feet, begins at the Ironworks developments and runs along the south side of 86th Streetto the Fidelity Investments building located at 8480 Keystone Crossing. Pedestrian crossing signals make the sidewalk safe for passersby.

“The 86th and Keystone area is one of the busiest interchanges in the city,” said Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Nora Alliance board member. “It’s been mostly inaccessible to safe bike and pedestrian traffic. The Nora Alliance is pleased to have an involved community partner like Hendricks Commercial Properties and Ironworks to champion this project. We think it will be a valuable link for recreation, shopping and commuters. Our desire for Nora is for it to be friendly to people including those on bikes, on foot and in cars.”

Hendricks Commercial Properties, the Wisconsin-based developer of Ironworks Hotel Indy and Ironworks at Keystone, worked with the city to install the sidewalk and make the 86th Street region more walkable.

“Connecting the Ironworks developments to Keystone Crossing is a key point of linkage for the city,” said Isaac Bamgbose, vice president of development for Hendricks Commercial Properties. “While there is still room for improvement, we’re excited about this project as it’s the only safe passage space for pedestrians available beneath the Keystone Bridge on 86th Street. Whether for shopping, recreation, or dining, the entire Nora community will benefit greatly from this walkway installation.”

Hendricks Commercial Properties owns more than 9 million square feet of real estate in 30 statesacross the U.S., including 13 buildings in Indiana. Notably, Hendricks Commercial Properties is recognized for its award-winning luxury apartments, Ironworks at Keystone, and Indy’s only independent boutique hotel, Ironworks Hotel. Hendricks Commercial Properties is also spearheading the Bottleworks District project, a transformational $260 million mixed-use redevelopment project of the former Coca-Cola bottling plant on Massachusetts Avenue.

To learn more about Hendricks Commercial Properties, To learn more about Ironworks Hotel Indy, visit www.ironworkshotelindy.comor follow on Twitter, Facebook, Instagramand LinkedIn. To learn more about Ironworks at Keystone, visit www.ironworksindy.comor follow on Twitter and Facebook.

About Ironworks Hotel Indy

Ironworks Hotel Indy is Indianapolis’ first and only north side boutique hotel. The five-story original brick industrial building inspired by 19th century architecture features 120 guest rooms in addition to retail space, and provides a comfortable, eclectic first-class experience for both local guests and travelers.

About Ironworks at Keystone

Ironworks at Keystone is a distinct 5-story mixed use development on the corner of Keystone Avenue and 86thStreet. Inspired by a time when we built things to last, Ironworks at Keystone features nearly 36,000 square feet of fine dining and shopping on the 1stfloor, 120 modern residential apartments for rent on the upper floors. Live, work and play in perfect balance at a place made with strength and stability.

About Hendricks Commercial Properties

For the past 43 years, Hendricks Commercial Properties, headquartered in Beloit, Wis., has been investing in commercial real estate throughout the country. Diane Hendricks, Chairman of the Board, started the company in 1974 with a core focus in multi-family and industrial real estate. Today, the company is a diversified real estate investment, development and management company comprised of more than 9 million square feet with over 800 tenants located in 30 states. The company and its ongoing strategy remains committed to continually growing a highly diversified Class A portfolio with its core asset focus being industrial, retail and urban mixed-use commercial real estate.