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Oxford Place “Net Zero” Senior Apartments – Community Planning Process

Neighbors & Friends,

Please join us this evening from 6:30-8 pm for our second of four community planning sessions for the proposed Oxford Place Senior Apartments. Thanks to over 40 of you who joined us on May 6th for the first meeting. For those of you who couldn’t make it on May 6th, we’ll do a short recap and reporting out from the first meeting to bring you up to speed.

Like last time, after the recap, you’ll be free to join one of four working groups who are planning various aspects of the development including:

1. Sustainability – How do we deliver on the promise to make Oxford Place the State’s first Energy Positive or Net Zero multifamily development?

2. Resident Care & Quality of Life – What types of unit amenities, project amenities or services are ideal for Oxford Place?

3. Community Connections – How does Oxford Place design best compliment and encourage resident interaction with nearby properties and amenities (East Washington Branch Library, proposed Rocketship Academy, DayStar Childcare, transit access, etc..)?

4. Community Clean-up & Celebration – How might we best celebrate our completed plan while also making initial physical improvements to the subject site (ie plantings, trees, installation art)?

The Resident Care & Quality of Life group, including you if interested, will travel to the nearby St. Clair Senior Apartments to see first hand another senior development in our community. Plus, we’ll promise to get you out of the meeting and home in time to catch the Pacer game!

Hope to see you today!

Meeting Schedule

Oxford Place Senior Apartments Community Planning

#1 – Tuesday, May 6 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#2 – Tuesday, May 20 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#3 – Tuesday, June 3 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#4 – Tuesday, June 17 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Joe Bowling

Director – East Washington Street Partnership

Englewood Community Development Corporation


57 N. Rural Street

Indianapolis, IN 46201 

Solar Seminar

Monday, June 9

6:30-8:30 pm

Englewood Christian Church

57 N. Rural Street

(parking in the rear of the building)

Englewood Community Development Corporation and SIREN (Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network, are hosting a solar seminar.  Anyone who has ever wondered about what it would cost, where to find the installers, benefits vs. expenses, here is your chance to get practical information about solar and whether it’s right for you, including hearing from people who have done it.  After presentation is over, you are invited to take a tour of the 80 panel solar installation on the rooftop of Englewood.

For more info: Laurie 637 6242 or Joe 496-2662

Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon – Volunteers Needed!

The Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon is right around the corner and we are looking for volunteers! We would love to have you join us at one of our water stops! The race is Saturday, June 7th, downtown Indianapolis.

We are currently looking to fill stops:

A- 6:00am-8:15am

B- 6:15am-8:30am

F- 6:30am-9:50am

J – 6:15am-11:15am

You can sign up for a stop HERE, just scroll down to the stop you’d prefer!

This is a great way to get involved in the community with your family, friends or co-workers! Kids are welcomed and encouraged. Kids under the age of 14 will need an adult.

Windsor Park – Fletcher Park Work Day

Volunteers Needed for Fletcher Park Work Day


DATE: Saturday May 31

TIME: 9am-12pm

WHERE: Windsor Park’s own Fletcher Park on the corners of Brookside / Arsenal / 12th Street

WHAT: Help us weed beds, paint the border fence, fill posts with concrete, plant flowers and more!

CONTACT: Mark Schroeder at to RSVP

Drinks and Snacks Provided for Volunteers!

Please join your neighbors in creating Windsor Park’s newest community space!

For more information about volunteering for our park projects, contact Mark at 317-735-5227 or You can also sign-up on Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s website, just make sure to let them know you are with Windsor Park Neighborhood. Fletcher Park is our neighborhood park and we want everyone to have an opportunity to help build it. Even if you only have an hour, we would love to see you!  

Classes and NESCO Days at Pogue’s Run Grocer

DIY Herbal Oil Infusions

May 21, 6:30p.m. Community Herbalist, Greg Monzel, will demonstrate how to make your own herbal oil infusions. Herbal oil infusions can be used for body care and for cooking. Each participant will leave with two 2oz herbal oil infusions that you make yourself.

Members: $15

Non-members: $20

Limited to 10 participants. Reserve your spot! 

DIY Laundry Soap

May 27, 6:30p.m. Join Abby and Kathy for a hands-on lesson in DIY Laundry Soap. You’ll learn all the steps to make both liquid and powder laundry soap, as well as how to experiment with essential oils to scent your laundry soap.

Members: $8

Non-members: $13

Limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot! 


On May 19 we kick-off our NESCO Days when each NESCO neighborhood will get to be a Member for a Week. May 19-25 we welcome Little Flower residents to enjoy Indy Food Co-op member benefits:

  • Take advantage of Member Sales all week
  • Get 10% OFF all purchases on Saturday, May 24
  • Become a member between May 19 and 25 and receive a free lunch special as our welcome gift!

More info at

Story Slam at Tin Comet Coffee

The East End Story Syndicate proudly presents “Never Saw It Coming.”  This Near Eastside Story Slam will feature neighborhood residents and friends who will tell tales of what/who they never saw coming.  Come on over for a great evening of storytelling and community.  More info on the East End Story Syndicate Facebook page.


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Illegal dumping program announcement

Mayor Ballard will be making an announcement regarding the new Illegal dumping procedures, this Thursday at 1pm at 1904/1908 East Maryland. The Illegal Dumping Abatement Program will take effect on June 1, 2014. You are welcome to attend or perhaps send a representative from your neighborhood if you can not.

More info:  Paul Ross – Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison  317-452-0336

Library Events

Make sure to check out the East Washington, Spades Park and Irvington Branch Library Facebook pages for events happening in and around the neighborhood.

Spades Park Branch 

East Washington Street Branch

Irvington Branch

Summer Programming

There are a few places for summer programming happening in the Near Eastside linked below.  If you know of a summer program that’s not listed, make sure to get the word out!

John H. Boner Community Center Summer Camp

Shepherd Community Center Summer Programs

LYN House Enrichment Day Camps

East 10th Street United Methodist Church Children & Youth Center – Summer Days for Youth 

Westminster Neighborhood Ministries – Youth Programs

Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis – Summer Programs

Indy Parks Summer Fun Guide

Temple Oak Fundraiser

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IMPD Community Day

The East District is holding a Community Day July 9th at Brookside Park.  Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.

Neighborhood Businesses

Make sure to check out the Near Eastside businesses that have been opening up around the neighborhood.  Shop local!

Tin Comet Coffee 

Tlaolli Tamales

The Turntable Shoppe

Harold’s Barbershop

Classic Cuts Barbershop

Infamous Tattoo Studio East

Sisters Comfort Food (coming soon!)

Gordon’s Ice Cream Parlor

Pogue’s Run Grocer

Tim and Julie’s Another Fine Mess

Audrey’s Place Furniture

Little Green Bean Boutique

Metta Yoga


Buckner Construction Co

Sims Boxing Gym

Si Greene’s Pub

Tick Tock Lounge 

Golden Ace Inn 

These are just a few of the local businesses in the neighborhood – there are many many more!  Talk with neighbors and friends to find out where the businesses are in your are and  ask around for recommendations.

Neighborhood Meetings

Make sure to check out the neighborhood association meetings happening in your area.  Check out the NESCO Calendar on their website.

 NESCO Pub Crawl

NESCO Spring Pub Crawl 2014

The date is Saturday, May 31st.

You know how much fun it will be, and you don’t want to miss this!

Bars we plan to visit:

Rural Inn 2725 E. Michigan
Indiana City Brewing Co.(beer only) 24 Shelby St.
Tick Tock ( food stop) 4620 E. 10th St.
Shi Kay 1514 N. Emerson
Arnold’s Tavern 3018 E 10th St.

Theme:  Dress in your favorite favorite first half of the year holiday (Jan-June).  For example:  New Years, Presidents Day, St. Paddy’s, Easter, etc.

Please email with questions. Thank you.

To Register:  NESCO Pub Crawl Eventbrite



What are the NESCO Neighborhood Games?
Each summer, the Near Eastside Neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Indiana come together for a week of neighborhood-friendly, Olympic-style games. These events celebrate friendships, good-natured competition, light-hearted fun, and community cooperation. Events such as basketball, softball, volleyball, street hockey, dodgeball, table tennis, corn hole, cooking, frisbee golf, running, cards, and trivia allow for a week of great fun for all who live or work on the Near Eastside.How does it work?
Individuals and teams enter events in an effort to try and win a medal for their neighborhood or Near Eastside Organization. Like the Olympics, each medal (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) is worth points (5, 3, and 1). At the end of the week of competition, the neighborhood or organization with the most points wins the NESCO Neighborhood Games. Please take the time to visit our events page to learn more about these games and the opportunities available to you and your community!

When does it take place?
The NESCO Games are held each summer during the third full week of June. The 2014 NESCO Neighborhood Games will take place from June 14th through June 21st. For additional schedule information, please click here.

Where are they held?
All events take place within the boundaries of NESCO. Locations, dates, and times are listed on the Schedule Page, and event addresses are listed on the Event Locations page.

How can I take part?
If you, your organization, or your neighborhood would like to compete in an event, please begin by viewing the available events on the events page. Then, simply register for the events you wish to participate in using the free registration page.

How can I help?
The NESCO Neighborhood Games need annual volunteer and donor support. The costs associated with staging these games are limiting. Only through the help of volunteers and sponsor donations can this event continue from year to year.

More info can be found on the NESCO Games website. 

Neighborhood Summit

The next neighborhood summit to discuss the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan is on July 10th at Shepherd Community Center at 6:30pm.

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While I try to catch all of the great neighborhood events happening in the NESCO area, there are always more things happening!  If you have an event you’d like to see on this blog, please send it to me at or call 317-808-2336.  Thanks!  ~ Megan

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