The Downtown Recovery Environment, Aesthetics & Activations committee is working every day to re-commit to being the cleanest Downtown in the country; enhancing DII’s beautification initiatives and creating diverse events balanced with safety limitations.
GOAL: Downtown Is Clean and Welcoming
Objective 1: Return Indianapolis to being the cleanest Downtown in the country
- Enhanced cleaning standards communicated for public and private spaces
- Increase of DPW crews assisting in Downtown on 2nd shift power washings
- Utilize, fund and expand successful DII Street Ambassador program
- Currently focused on Wholesale District – moving to full Mile Square coverage
- Daily activities include sidewalk cleaning, graffiti remediation, plant bed maintenance
- Engage corporate/civic leaders with cleanup days and walkabouts – 150+ have participated
- See the IndyStar image gallery here.
Objective 2: Create inclusive/diverse, small-scale/safe activation events to bring patrons #BackDowntownIndy
- Led Downtown Arts Market on the Circle each month. Next event set for Oct. 15 with the addition of a Beer/Wine Garden.
- Coordinated Groovin’ Back Downtown Concert in White River State Park Saturday, Sept. 26.
- See the IndyStar image gallery here.
- Fall/Holiday events planning underway.
AS OF SEPT. 28
See Chris Gahl’s video update here.
The Downtown Recovery Funding subcommittee is committed to ensuring the sustainable, long-term needs of the DRC are supported.
Downtown Recovery Committee (DRC) Efforts Underway
- The DRC’s efforts are underway and have begun to make a positive impact Downtown:
- Increased foot and bike patrols are making their presence felt, and Safety Ambassador training has commenced.
- Cleaning and beautification details have been increased.
- Homeless outreach and working groups have been established.
- Residents are making renewed efforts to support downtown businesses.
Current DRC Funding
- The DRC is thankful to have received more than $1 million in necessary funding to get preliminary efforts off the ground.
- The City of Indianapolis has provided $750,000 and the State of Indiana has provided $300,000 in critical support.
- These helpful contributions will allow the DRC’s short-term funding goals to be reached.
Sustainable Funding Goal
- While the DRC program is off to a strong start, the positive impacts will be lost if the improvement efforts are not supported for the long-term.
- Momentum must be maintained for the future health of Downtown Indianapolis.
- As the Funding subcommittee exists to make the DRC’s mission sustainable, we will begin exploring an appropriate pathway to generate funding from the private sector.
- The Funding subcommittee will begin to engage local organizations, endowments and individuals for continued support of the Downtown Recovery Committee.
AS OF SEPT. 21
See Tom McGowan’s video update here.
The Downtown Recovery Health & Safety subcommittee has been hard at work. With an investment of $750,000 from the City of Indianapolis, our committee has prioritized our focus on immediate safety and security enhancements.
Foot & Bike Patrols
- Increased foot and bike patrols by off-duty Officers began Sept. 1. The additional officers have quadrupled the number already provided by Downtown Indy, Inc.
- Officers will provide high visibility patrols Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. to be more responsive to the concerns of Downtown business owners, employees, residents and visitors.
- Patrols will focus on high complaint areas relying on feedback and direction from Downtown stakeholders.
- Since Downtown Indy Inc.’s announcement to support funding to increase partnership with IMPD’s b-link program, we have had 30 businesses contact us with intent to participate.
- Site surveys are underway at several locations. Once quotes are approved by DII, installation of new cameras will begin at locations throughout the mile square.
- In addition to new cameras, business with existing security camera systems will be connected to IMPD’s Incident Analysis Center (IAC).
Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Safety Ambassador Program
- The program employs civilians and IMPD Cadet Officers to assist Downtown business owners, employees, residents and visitors navigate the mile square.
- They will be mobile sources of information on all things Indy.
- They will serve as additional eyes and ears for IMPD downtown and will work closely to ensure collaboration in the overall public safety mission.
- Training has already commenced and we look forward to seeing our Safety Ambassadors on duty as early as Sept. 21.
Homelessness & Panhandling
- Much work is being done to address the issues of homelessness and panhandling in the mile square.
- Permit-based feeding: Development of a summary of current feeding locations and schedules in addition to the development of a community-based qualifications process, encouraging participating groups to follow best practices.
- Established an additional working group consisting of homeless services providers focused on identifying service gaps and plans for providing coverage.
- An effort is underway to prepare a plan which will provide guidance for downtown stakeholders to help in three areas: advocacy, outreach and employment.
AS OF SEPT. 14
See Deputy Chief Josh Barker’s video update here.