As a part of Indianapolis’ bid to host the NFL’s 2012 Super Bowl, the City committed to create a ‘Legacy Project’, with a neighborhood revitalization of Saint Clair Place on the City’s Near Eastside. Like many turn-of-the-last-century urban neighborhoods, Saint Clair Place had languished: 105 vacant lots, 164 vacant houses and only 35 percent homeownership among the occupied homes. Working with master planner EDEN Collaborative and a multi-disciplinary team, Greenstreet Ltd. helped build a resident and stakeholder consensus vision and a detailed implementation strategy that was sensitive to existing residents, the urban fabric of the neighborhood, and the current realities of launching the project in the midst of a national economic recession.
The Game Plan proposes a dense, urban neighborhood with the integration of energy-efficient rehabilitated homes and new homes affordable to a variety of households. Recommendations include reserving space for a series of parks and urban farms, linked by pedestrian trails. The Game Plan also outlines ideas for incorporating sustainable stormwater infrastructure in refurbished streets and alleyways and identifies opportunities to enhance the character of East 10th Street as a commercial corridor, and with a new Community Recreation Center, building on the strong foundation of the John H. Boner Center as a hub of community social services. Finally, the implementation plan included a financing strategy to leverage CDBG and Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds, as well as local TIF and infrastructure funds and philanthropic support.