Local organization looking to revitalize neighborhood, fight blight

NEAR is hoping to revitalize an Indianapolis neighborhood. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Today Mayor Hogsett will help break ground on the new Teachers Village just South of 10th and Rural streets.

They are building 21 new and rehabbed three-bedroom homes located one mile east of downtown. This initiative is an effort to attract educators from both Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Mayor Sponsored Charter Schools (MSCS) to live in the urban areas in which they are serving students. The neighborhood was one of the first Indianapolis suburbs but saw a decline in the 50s and 60s, Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) wants to bring it back.

Their website says they are fighting blight, spurring economic regeneration, cultivating livable-wage work, creating walkability and connectivity, all within a stone’s throw of downtown. Leaders say they want to develop the community as they invest, restore and build, putting neighbors first.

NEAR wants to give people the power to change their neighborhood. NEAR offers a “how-to” printout of the step-by-step actions to take.

If you’re interested in buying a home go to NEAR’s website where they list developing properties.