Since 1991, we've invested more than $35 million in development projects in our community while improving housing, attracting business and investment, fostering education, sponsoring unique events, and helping spread the word about all the good things going on in our neighborhood.
The near-southeast side of Indianapolis is a densely-populated, historic cluster of neighborhoods, which have housed a mix of residences, commercial establishments, and manufacturers since the 1880s. This cluster of communities covers approximately five square miles and includes hundreds of churches, a rich mix of community organizations, many homes, and thriving businesses.
The area is immediately bounded by the downtown regional center to the northwest, East Washington Street on the north, Sherman and Keystone on the east, Raymond Street on the south, and Madison Avenue on the west. The area is trisected by I-65 and I-70, giving it easy access to the entire Indianapolis region. Click here for a map of the SEND area.
A significant part of improving the quality of life for our neighborhood residents is improving the quality of our public spaces. This includes creating new greenspaces, parks, plazas, and gateways. These efforts create places for children to play, neighbors to gather, and visitors to enjoy.
Our work doesn't stop there. Through our Public Space Committee, we tackle the tougher, less appealing tasks of addressing our crumbling infrastructure, and planning and implementing maintenance programs for our existing assets.
One important mission of SEND is improving opportunities for greater educational attainment on Indianapolis' near southeast side. Five years ago, it was noted that about 50 percent of children in neighborhood schools do not complete high school.
In response to the need to address this issue, SEND assisted neighborhood residents in developing the Charter Center, which today houses an independent. The Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (SENSE), opened in 2004 and this year serves students in grades K-7.
We also partner with other institutions and organizations to bring educational opportunities to Greater Fountain Square.