Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood
Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood
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A Track Record of Accomplishment

Through neighborhood volunteering, expert fundraising, political navigating, and a culture of collaborating, MKNA has improved quality of life for 50 years.

The Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association is a volunteer 501 (c3) nonprofit neighborhood organization comprised of residents, businesses, schools, churches and organizations. Founded in 1965, the Association represents the largest community in Indianapolis.

Objectives

Enhance Livability

Make the neighborhood more walkable and bike-friendly, develop infrastructure plans and support crime prevention efforts.

Promote Growth & Capital Investment

Support the Midtown TIF district and drive redevelopment opportunities.

Advocate to City Government

Develop the neighborhood long term land use plan and promote compliance with community values.

Communicate

Organize community meetings where critical neighborhood issues are addressed, host business and clergy breakfasts and publish community newsletters.

Partner with Community Stakeholders

Support the work of organizations serving youth and seniors.

Preserve Historic Qualities

Prioritize neighborhood beautification efforts and promote commitment to historic architecture.

 

Highlights 

  • Developed the plan to establish IFD Fire Station # 31 at 42nd & College.

  • Raised funds and built the 42nd & College Library in partnership with the City and the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library.


  • Initiated and facilitated the establishment of The Fresh Market in partnership with the City and Kite. The former site of Atlas Supermarket at the northeast corner of 54th and College stood empty for more than 2 years.


  • Converted brownfields into thriving businesses. Projects include converting a former Marathon station into Sullivan Hardware and reclaiming The Spicklemeyer Brownfield for The Faerber’s Bee Window complex— now TCC Software Solutions.


  • Established the Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program and distributed $280,000 to senior, youth and service organizations over the past 15 years.


  • Planted hundreds of trees over the last 12 years along College Avenue, the Monon Corridor, Pennsylvania Street, Washington Boulevard, Delaware Street, many cross streets and throughout Forest Hills in partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. 


  • Funded and built the Susan Slade Community Garden located on the west side of 49th & Penn.


  • Funded repairs to 43 murals on the Monon Trail between 52nd & 54th Streets in support of the Department of Public Words and Art with a Heart.


  • Coordinated and funded STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Programs at IPS 55 and IPS 91 with the Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club.


  • Placed The Center of Inquiry at School 84, and remodeled the building in partnership with IPS.