There are so many things to like about the Chatham Arch neighborhood, that astute homebuyers looking to locate to downtown Indianapolis need to give properties that come up for sale here a good look.
Like many other historic neighborhoods in Indy, Chatham Arch is on the National Register of Historic Places, and many homes were built in the mid to late 19th century. If you take a drive through this thriving, urban historic area, and meander through its back alleys and quaint city blocks, you can almost feel the energy from nearby downtown. Monument Circle is only a stone’s throw away, as Chatham Arch sits immediately on the northeast corner of the official mile square of downtown Indianapolis.
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It’s an interesting place, with a few commercial and apartment buildings, as well as some churches, mixed with the tight-knit residential streets lined with single and 2-famly homes representing an array of architectural styles. Construction of the nearby I-65 and I-70 in the 1960’s began a 50-year period of decline for the area. However, a resurgence of renovations since the 1980’s, led by the city’s interest in historic preservation, meant that the homes that survived through the decades were once again given tender loving care.
A segment of Massachusetts Avenue runs through the neighborhood, and the Mass Ave District offers everything from a grocery store, restaurants, entertainment and dozens of local merchants.
New construction may be on the horizon as well, with architects and investors taking a closer look at the neighborhood with some new development projects on the horizon.
Chatham Arch resident Chris Herndon is a perfect ambassador to help spread the word about the assets of this community, as he has spent his career in marketing. Chris is currently the Senior Vice President of Community Engagement for United Way of Central Indiana. He has spent over 17 years as a marketing and communications professional, spending a large part of his early career with the Indianapolis Indians. Here’s what he had to say about Chatham Arch:
1.) What’s your favorite thing about living in your neighborhood?
I enjoy the unique energy of downtown neighborhoods in major cities, so I especially love my own! I value the walkability and bikeability. I also appreciate the diversity. On a daily basis I see diversity of race, age, ethnicity, home value (million dollar homes within a few blocks of public housing) and even transportation (people walking, biking, driving or riding the bus).
2.) What is your neighborhood’s best asset?
A unique urban setting that includes mature trees and single-family dwellings with small yards. And the property at 9th & Park (former day care center) with greenspace neighbors use as a makeshift dog park. It’s a great way to determine appropriate land use and to see how people naturally engage with existing space. I’d love to see this or similar space converted into a permanent dog park.
3.) If you were to write a tagline for your neighborhood, what would it be?
Our Chatham Arch neighborhood is connected to the Mass Ave Cultural District, so I identify with its existing tagline: “45 Degrees from Ordinary.” I would also suggest our neighborhood is an intersection of new and old as we mix old and new architecture, as well as long-time and newer residents.
4.) Describe your neighbors.
While we’re a mix of people with varying backgrounds and interests, we share a mutual interest in improving our community. Residents of urban neighborhoods have an authentic sense of community pride. I regularly hear suburbanites say they wish they lived downtown. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a downtown resident say they wish they lived in the ‘burbs.
5.) Anything you want to say about United Way?
We’re not your grandfather’s United Way. Many view United Way solely as a fundraiser, but over time we’ve become much more strategic than that. We align individuals, businesses and our network of agencies around very specific community goals that help all residents achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Most people mistakenly think they have to be part of a “United Way company” to join us. But there are lots of ways individuals can be a part of this movement. Visit http://www.uwci.org/new-u to learn more about the “New U.”
On a final note, if you’re driving through Chatham Arch, looking for an arch, there is none! There is however, an Arch street — and no matter where in the neighborhood you’re looking, we’ll have some Chatham Arch homes to show you.