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Ball State Masters of Urban Development – 3 of 16

We mentioned in this post our interaction with students from the Ball State Urban Design Studio class. In no particular order, we want to share the ideas the students presented last year.

3rd in series

Nora’s North Meridian Street by Conner Pierce

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Ball State Masters of Urban Development

We mentioned in this post our interaction with students from the Ball State Master’s of Urban Development program. In no particular order, we want to share the ideas the students presented last year.

Nora Plaza by Guillermo Rodriguez

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Chirp Chirp!

Traffic Study at 86th and Monon

A group led by Bicycle Garage Indy is advocating for safer biking in Nora.

Ball State Masters of Urban Planning Puts Designs on Nora

The Nora community was blessed to have a group of urban design master’s students from Ball State engage with us in 2021.

Bike Safety in Nora

https://fox59.com/news/cyclists-call-for-more-safety-measures-near-monon-trail-and-86th-street-during-national-bike-month/

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.

https://fox59.com/news/cyclists-call-for-more-safety-measures-near-monon-trail-and-86th-street-during-national-bike-month/

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:  

https://indy.webex.com/indy/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecf8c7d15de9eb26a68429dc288192615

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: 

Talk to a planner:  

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 https://www.indy.gov/activity/dmd-public-hearing-documents) or contact the Division of Planning to receive specific hearing instructions.  

Nora Alliance July 2015 meeting with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Nora Keystone Gateway: 1st Meeting with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

On July 20th, community members met with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) for the Nora Alliance’s first meeting regarding Nora’s Keystone & 86th Street Gateway. This is a summary of that meeting, and invitation for continued public input.

The Keystone Avenue Bridge at 86th Street, currently under construction, serves as a gateway to the Nora community. However, the bridge, exit ramps, and surrounding land have been neglected for years, collecting trash, invasive plants, and the occasional homeless person camping out in the overgrown wooded areas. With the current construction of the Keystone Bridge, we have an opportunity to give this area a facelift. Read the post “Nora’s 86th St / Keystone Bridge Gateway Beautification Project” for more about the project’s background.

KIB’s Mark Adler, Janet Baker, and planner David Roth led the group in a review of the Keystone Bridge construction and opportunities for a beautification project. Mark Adler presented information on the current conditions of the interchange and construction (scheduled for completion in the late fall 2015), followed by an open discussion. Here’s what we heard:

Opportunities
  • current construction remediation requires tree replacement, but without maintenance plans — this is an opportunity to segue with a beautification project and community-driven design
  • community desire to preserve existing tree canopy for noise reduction and wildlife
  • public art – look at concepts and location within the interchange
  • create vegetated edge plantings
  • reduce or eliminate mowings with native platings wildflowers and tall grasses
  • improved signage for the interchange
  • plan / public art that embraces the strengths and weaknesses of the interchange (e.g., power line structures, the community history)
Concerns
  • homelessness, pan handlers and drug use are past and/or current issue
  • open up line of sight at ramp exits / lights
  • honeysuckle in the area (invasive species)
  • traffic noise affecting nearby residential
  • soil may be compressed in construction staging areas
  • don’t create any plans that preclude a future sidewalk / bike path under Keystone Bridge
  • need more community input on gateway concept – gateway to where? Nora community / neighborhoods (west)? Keystone businesses (east)?
Next Steps

KIB, with planner David Roth, will take the feedback they’ve gathered during this first meeting and put together some preliminary plans for the interchange. Within the next few weeks, the Nora Alliance will schedule a second public meeting to present and provide further input to the plans. With plans in hand, KIB will work with the community to identify funding for the project implementation and maintenance.

We welcome continued feedback during this process! If you would like to provide additional input while the plans are being developed, please contact Mark Adler, KIB Director of Special Projects.

 

 

 

Nora’s 86th St / Keystone Bridge Gateway Beautification Project

What would a nice gateway to Nora look like? With your help, we will work with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to answer that question.

The Keystone Avenue Bridge at 86th Street, currently under construction, serves as a gateway to the Nora community. However, the bridge, exit ramps, and surrounding land have been neglected for years, collecting trash, invasive plants, and the occasional homeless person camping out in the overgrown wooded areas. With the construction of the Keystone Bridge, we have an opportunity to give this area a facelift.

Project Background
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful was contacted a few times in the past year or two by neighbors in the Nora community asking if they could do anything to help with beautifying the ugly Keystone Bridge at 86th Street interchange. They were exploring the idea, then the bridge construction came up offering some opportunity to get engaged. The Nora Alliance will organize two community meetings in mid-July and August to help Keep Indianapolis Beautiful gather input on design plans for the interchange, with the following objectives:
  • to engage the Nora community in proactive planning with the assistance of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
  • to help address the homeless population that are living in this area from time to time
  • to meet the community wants and needs with a design based on community input
  • to determine what gets put in place in areas that have already been cleared by the construction process
  • to determine how to maintain wildlife / greenspace as desired by the community
  • to determine a tree maintenance plan so newly planted trees are maintained and thrive after construction crew is gone (these do not otherwise have a maintenance plan, and trees often die after the construction phase)
  • to work with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to help in the planning and design phase, and then in seeking funding to implement the plan

The goal for the July meeting is for a designer to capture what is important to the community at this space so a design can be created. The goal for the August meeting is for the designer to come back with a rough drawing capturing feedback from July and gather final feedback before getting a solid plan to go forth with.

Dates and times for the meetings are still being determined. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about the project. Stay tuned for more information!

Off-street trail in Nora, Indianapolis

Nora’s College Avenue Trail Approved and Funded

We learned this week that the College Avenue Trail in Nora has been funded as part of the RebuildIndy 2 projects. While the project was originally approved, it lost its funding and was cancelled last winter. Recent funding was acquired and the project was again added to the list of approved projects announced last week.

The project will provide a safe pedestrian off-street trail along this often congested section of College Ave. that has no sidewalks or shoulder.

RebuildIndy is Mayor Greg Ballard’s initiative to restore deteriorating streets, sidewalks and bridges as well as address neighborhood drainage and flooding issues. This investment continues to transform neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis.

Getting an off-street pedestrian trail or new sidewalks in a community can take years of hard work. Indeed, for the past 3- to 4- years several people in Nora have been advocating for an off-street trail along College Avenue between 86th Street and 91st Street. Some of the people involved in spearheading the trail include George Robinson, former athletic director at First Baptist Church, Barry Wood, and members of Hope Church. It serves as an example of what community pro-active planning can achieve.

Early details on the project are provided by Benjamin Easley, Public Information Officer / Department of Public Works:

  • This project will indeed be bid for construction in July and completely built by the end of the year.
  • The College Avenue Trail will be an off-street asphalt trail similar to the one on 91stStreet.  The trail on 91st Street narrows down to a sidewalk at 91st/College
  • There will be a crosswalk connection at the signal at 91st/College.
  • The College Ave trail will be on the west side of the road.
  • There will be pedestrian signals at 86th/College as well as 91st/College.

Thanks to ReBuildIndy, DPW, and all the people involved in making this trail happen.

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