Welcome to Bates-Hendricks!
This neighborhood, in the near southeast section of Indianapolis next to Fountain Square, is the definition of up-and-coming. Like other neighborhoods in the area, the community was reshaped a bit in the 1970s when I-65 and I-70 were built. The area is now bordered by 1-70 to the north, Beecher Street to the south, Madison Avenue to the west and I-65 & Shelby Street to the east, it is definitely a neighborhood experiencing a transition. (See map)
A catalyst for the resurgence in popularity of the neighborhood began in 2009 when the Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association formed an abandoned housing forum and launched an initiative called “No House Left Behind.” This was a concerted effort to combat the chronic problem of abandoned homes in the neighborhood, many of which had become easy targets for vagrancy, vandalism, and arson.
It worked. Squatters and criminal elements moved out.
A rehaul of the New Jersey Street esplanade in 2008 garnered the neighborhood national recognition. The Bates-Hendricks neighborhood proudly received the Keep America Beautiful Award from the Keep America Beautiful Foundation.) The next year, the neighborhood received a grant from the Southeast Neighborhood Development Association (SEND) to beautify the esplanade on Alabama Street. Historic lighting and public art were installed and the esplanade torn up and replanted.
These esplanades are a rare and distinctive feature. Originally installed by neighborhood resident James Woodruff, a civil engineer, he was inspired by the esplanades he saw in California. (Woodruff went on develop them in Woodruff Place soon after.)
The momentum continues today! Current Bates-Hendricks residents have organized to combat irresponsible landlords, and the mostly one and two-family residences are changing from predominantly home renters to home owners.
Check out the homes for sale in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood below.
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