NCAA Legacy Multipurpose court dedication at Concord Neighborhood Center on April 2nd, 2015

You are cordially invited to attend the court dedication at the Concord Neighborhood Center on Thursday, April 2, 2015.  The court dedication will take place at 3:30 pm.  The NCAA and the Indianapolis Sports Corporation are installing a multipurpose court at the back of the Concord Neighborhood Center. The court will accommodate basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc. This will be a great asset for the youth in the area and further strengthen the impact that the Concord Neighborhood Center has on the community.  See below for all the details.

.Concord basketball court

Fundraiser for Hogsett for Mayor on Wed., April 8th, 2015 from 5:00 – 6:30pm at Lauck & Veldhof funeral home.

There will be a fundraiser for Joe Hogsett on Apr. 8th at Lauck & Veldhof at 1458 S. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46225.

Food will be provided by Greek Islands and a full bar by Lauck & Veldhof.

For all of the details you can click here –>  Hogsett Fundraiser on April 8 2015

As a reminder, The Stadium Village Business Association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization designed to promote, preserve, and improve neighborhood businesses and the surrounding community.  This invitation is not an endorsement, but an opportunity to hear from and support one of the mayoral candidates.

Opportunity for input to the City Regional Center Plan at the OSNA meeting Wed. Mar. 11th @ 6:00pm

The Old Southside Neighborhood Association (OSNA) is meeting this Wednesday, March 11th at 6:00 pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 1125 South Meridian Street.  Please note this is STARTING AN HOUR EARLIER THAN NORMAL.

The meeting this month will be totally dedicated to the City Regional Center Plan with city planner Gina Hays.  The plan involves the land between I-70 and McCarty Street and is a part of the Indianapolis 2020 Bicentennial Plan  This is important for neighborhood input and will be the first of four public meetings.  Below are two links where you may learn more about the process.

It is important for the SVBA to have members at this meeting to add our input.  Please make an effort to attend.

Update on Indy Eleven soccer Stadium Legislation being discussed today in the statehouse

Our state representative, Justin Moed, has been working hard to make sure that if the new soccer stadium gets built in our area that we have a voice and that it leaves a positive impact on our area.  Justin drafted and submitted Amendment #5 to HB 1273 that he offered on Monday to require the City and State to commit to make this bill about helping move our neighborhoods forward. On Tuesday the amendments he added to the bill were unanimously approved by the house.  The amendments include:

1. Commitment from the City to establish a neighborhood revitalization district in the Old South Side – In the district the city will committ to spend $10 million toward neighborhood stabilization or development purposes withing 20 years of the Stadium project moving forward.  Meaning they can bond against the committment and do it all at once or spend it over the course of the 20 year period.  The City said one of the programs they would like to establish is a homeowner repair grant program but they would also like to make streetscape and infrastructure investments as well.

2. The State will designate the GM Stamping Plant and the neighborhood attached to it as the White River Revitalization District where $5 million from the development that occurs at GM will be captured into a fund for neighborhood stabilization projects in the neighborhood known as The Valley.

The author of the bill has committed to Justin Moed that they will work together to try and keep these elements in the bill if it makes it through the Senate.

Rep. Ed DeLaney from the north side of Indy is going to offer a provision to the bill stating that the owner of the soccer team must back up 50% of the bond payments if the stadium project were to fail.  This amendment will go into the bill as well.

Justin believes his amendment and Rep. Ed DeLaney’s amendments will help ensure the bill has the votes it needs to get out of the House.  If they are able to preserve the neighborhood development components, this could be a nice boost to the South and Southwest side of downtown.

Today, Wednesday, the bill will be up for final vote in the House.  It would then head over to the Senate for debate, hearing and consideration.  Then it will likely end up in a conference committee to work out the differences between the versions passed by the House and Senate.

It will be wise for us to begin building a coalition of support for the revitalization districts so we can advocate for the bill as amended.

Meeting Reminder: Tomorrow Feb. 18th at 8:30 am at Sacred Heart Parish Hall

Please arrive at 8:00 am for networking. On the agenda will be:

1.      Discussion of Bikes, Trails, Paths and Transportation issues
2.      Discussion of raising membership dues and changing meeting times
3.      Discussion of Regional Center Plan update process
4.      Perhaps an update on Soccer Stadium Legislation

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.  Thanks for your participation in the Stadium Village Business Association.