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HAND wins Servaas Memorial Award for historic preservation

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. was recognized Sept. 10 at Indiana Landmarks’ annual meeting with a Servaas Memorial Award for achievement in historic preservation.

Given annually to a not-for-profit organization, the award recognizes HAND’s work restoring three abandoned buildings and revitalizing a block of downtown Noblesville. Now known as Roper Lofts and Roper Capstone, the buildings at 347, 304 and 388 S. 8th Street were transformed into a total of 14 affordable apartments as well as office space for HAND and the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County.

Indiana Landmarks’ awards panel applauded HAND’s restoration standards and its commitment to combining low-income housing, preservation and community revitalization.

Also honored at the meeting were Fountain County Landmarks, which received the Servaas Award for youth-serving organizations, and Sallie Rowland, the retired founder of Indianapolis architecture and interior design firm Rowland Design. Rowland won the Williamson Prize for outstanding individual leadership in historic preservation for her 40 years of devotion to restoration and revitalization.

Founded in 2003, HAND works to ensure that Hamilton County remains livable, with homes that are affordable for all residents. In addition to developing six communities leasing a total of 96 apartments, HAND helps low-income homeowners make critical repairs to their homes. The organization has invested nearly $17 million in Hamilton County housing.

HAND welcomes new Program Manager

Rebekah Wood

Rebekah Wood joined Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. as Program Manager on Aug. 7.

In her new role, Wood will oversee HAND’s housing development projects and lead the organization’s community-development proposals, grant administration and compliance.

“I am excited to join the talented team at HAND and have the opportunity to assist in their strategic community-development efforts,” Wood said. “I feel fortunate to work alongside those committed to improving the quality of life for others through the creation of affordable housing.”

Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Science from Indiana University-Bloomington and worked as a housing development strategist at the John Boner Neighborhood Centers in Indianapolis through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

She also has served as a kindergarten director at AYS Inc. in Indianapolis and as assistant director at Wonderlab in Bloomington.

Wood replaces longtime Program Manager Michelle Westermeier, who resigned to work for her family business.

Founded in 2003, HAND works to ensure that Hamilton County remains livable, with homes that are affordable for all residents.

In addition to developing and owning six properties that provide a total of 96 affordable apartments, HAND helps low-income homeowners make critical repairs to their homes.

The organization has invested nearly $17 million in Hamilton County housing, and construction of its $2.4 million Home Place Gardens development is expected to begin this fall.

HAND awarded Indiana American Water environmental grant

Aug. 11, 2017, check presentation

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. has been awarded $3,000 through Indiana American Water’s 2017 Environmental Grant Program.

Established in 2005, the program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies. Several grants for a combined total of about $10,000 will be awarded in 2017.

HAND will use the funding to pay for underwater aerators to improve the water quality at its Spicewood Gardens pond in Sheridan. Aggressive algae growth is preventing sunlight from penetrating the water, keeping underwater plants from producing needed oxygen through photosynthesis. Better water circulation will discourage algae growth and reduce mosquito breeding in the pond.

Once the water-quality improves, the pond could function as a recreational amenity for Spicewood residents and the community. Built in three phases, Spicewood Gardens provides 60 affordable two-bedroom apartments for seniors. It is one of six HAND properties in Hamilton County.

Founded in 2003, HAND works to ensure that Hamilton County remains livable, with homes that are affordable for all residents. In addition to developing a total of 96 apartments, HAND helps low-income homeowners make critical repairs to their homes. The organization has invested nearly $17 million in Hamilton County housing.

Check presentation-Aug. 11, 2017Indiana American Water’s Ryan Smith, Noblesville Operations Superintendent, and Doug Brock, Vice President of Operations, present a ceremonial check to HAND Executive Director Jennifer Miller (center) and Program Manager Rebekah Wood.

Join the conversation: Suburban Solutions for Housing Choice

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This year’s HAND’s housing conference is set for the morning of Sept. 22.

Suburban Solutions for Housing Choice will begin with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. after lunch and a keynote address from Lisa Sturtevant, senior visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing.

The event will provide a mix of learning, networking and problem-solving as we explore community solutions to Hamilton County’s unique housing challenges

Join developers, lenders and other leaders for this important conversation about creating a sustainable future for our community.

Tickets are $65.

Register now.

HAND, partners break ground on Home Place Gardens

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. (HAND) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony June 22 for its Home Place Gardens development, located between 105th and 106th streets just east of McPherson Street in Home Place.

Guests included County Council President Fred Glynn, County Commissioners Christine Altman and Mark Heirbrandt, and Carmel City Council member Bruce Kimball.

Representative of Meyer Najem, The Architecture Studio and American Structurepoint also attended, along with staff from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority and Prevail Inc. of Hamilton County.

HAND plans to invest $2.4 million to construct a total of six buildings on the 2.4-acre property: four 1- and 2-bedroom duplexes for seniors and two detached 3-bedroom homes for families that have survived domestic violence. The survivors will be referred by Prevail.

The development also will include a multi-use path along 106th Street and a sidewalk on 105th Street, along with a small playground and community garden. Underground detention and a rain garden are planned to address existing drainage issues.

Check out a photo gallery of the groundbreaking ceremony on HAND’s Facebook page.

HAND works to ensure that Hamilton County remains livable, with homes that are affordable for all residents. In addition to developing and owning six properties that provide a total of 96 affordable apartments, HAND helps low-income homeowners make critical repairs to their homes. The organization has invested nearly $17 million in Hamilton County housing since 2003.