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Now accepting applications for neighborhood projects

In an effort to foster collaboration and build capacity in Hamilton County neighborhoods, HAND is accepting applications from volunteer groups interested in seed funding for their community-based projects.

HAND will provide up to $500 to groups looking to build a stronger neighborhood. Our staff also can help with project planning, outreach and implementation.

See the Program Overview and Application for more details.

Applications are due by noon on Friday, March 31, and HAND will select recipients in April.

Launched in 2014, the Neighborhoods NOW program empowers local residents to improve their communities. These quality-of-life projects could be anything from neighborhood cleanups and public safety campaigns to street beautification and community gardens.

HAND proceeding with plans for Home Place

Construction is expected to begin this summer on Home Place Gardens, a 10-unit affordable housing community HAND plans to build along 106th Street in Home Place.

The Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals voted 4-1 on Feb. 27 to approve a zoning variance for the project. Next, the Technical Advisory Committee will review the development proposal.

Plans call for building a total of six structures on 2.4 acres east of College Avenue: four 1- and 2-bedroom duplexes for seniors and two detached 3-bedroom homes for clients referred by Prevail Inc. of Hamilton County.

The zoning variance allows HAND to erect all of the buildings on a single parcel, rather than platting six separate lots. With 4.2 residential units per acre, Home Place Gardens meets the density requirements of the existing R-3 zoning; the ordinance allows as many as 5 units per acre.

Next month, HAND will submit its development plan to Carmel’s Technical Advisory Committee. TAC members, who represent utilities and various municipal agencies, identify any issues that must be addressed.

HAND already has agreed to tweak some details of the $2.3 million-plus project after receiving feedback from neighbors during public meetings held in November and January. Trash will be collected from residential toters, for example, rather than a commercial dumpster. The organization also is working to improve the look of the two duplexes that will face 106th Street.

Construction will begin after TAC approval, likely by mid-summer. The project does not require Plan Commission review, according to Carmel’s Department of Community Services.

Founded in 2003, HAND addresses the housing needs of low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The organization owns six properties in Hamilton County, providing a total of 96 rental units. Most are restricted to residents ages 55 and older.

Noblesville affordable housing project tops tax-credit wait list

The Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority did not award Low Income Housing Tax Credits to fund construction of HAND’s proposed Noblesville Granary Elevator and Lofts on Feb. 23, but the project still could proceed.

Just 16 of the 62 development proposals submitted to the IHCDA in November received the highly-sought-after tax credits. Another five—including the Granary—were placed on a waiting list and could could receive unused credits later this year.

“There is a still a strong likelihood that the project will move forward,” said HAND Executive Director Jennifer Miller.

HAND wants to build 56 affordable apartments on the site of the former Noblesville grain elevator along 8th Street in the city’s Southwest Quad. The $10.5 million project would be funded in part by selling the tax credits to investors.

Due to uncertainty in the equity market, IHCDA did not award all available tax credits, holding back a portion for funded projects that may need more. Tax credits that have not been reserved by mid-September, however, will be awarded to wait-listed proposals starting with the Granary.

Two other Hamilton County proposals also were placed on the wait list.

Read HAND’s full press release here.

Report: Limited housing, transportation options could slow county growth

Neighborhoods NOW logo

HAND this week released a 15-page report summarizing key takeaways from its 2016 Neighborhoods NOW Conference.

Distributed to conference registrants and sponsors, the report was made possible by a grant from Old National Bank Foundation.

Fast-growing Hamilton County is expected to add 50,000 jobs by 2025, but employers here already are finding it difficult to fill some positions because potential job candidates can’t afford to live here or maintain reliable transportation.

Attendees discussed the challenges and brainstormed possible solutions during the Nov. 10 conference; their ideas are included in the report.

Read the 2016 conference report.

See the conference speakers’ slides.


HAND hosts open house on Home Place Gardens project

Spicewood Garden duplex in Sheridan

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development is working on plans to build a 10-unit residential development between 105th and 106th streets in Home Place.

An informational open house is set for 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in Room 115 of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church’s Learning Center, 1605 E. 106th St.

The $2.1 million project includes four one- and two-bedroom duplexes for seniors and two detached single-family homes for renters referred by Prevail Inc. of Hamilton County.

HAND has constructed similar duplexes for seniors at its 60-unit Spicewood Garden Apartments development in Sheridan. (See photo, above.)

Attendees will get the chance to review plans for the 2.4-acre property, located just east of McPherson Street, along with drawings of the rental homes planned for the site. Staff from HAND and Prevail also will be available to answer questions about the project.

Plans for Home Place Gardens also call for building a multi-use path along 106th Street, a sidewalk along 105th Street, a rain garden to address drainage issues, and a small playground for residents and their guests.

Carmel’s Board of Zoning Appeals is expected to consider a zoning variance for the project at its Jan. 23 meeting. HAND is requesting the variance so it can include all six structures on a single lot, rather than plat each building separately.

As proposed, Home Place Gardens would meet the density requirements of the property’s existing R-3 zoning, with 4.2 residential units per acre. The zoning ordinance allows as many as 5 units per acre.

Construction on the housing development is expected to start in late summer or early fall, and leasing should begin in spring 2018.

Founded in 2003, HAND works to address the housing needs of low- and moderate-income individuals, families and senior citizens in Hamilton County. The not-for-profit owns six properties with a total of 96 rental units, most of which are restricted to residents 55 and older.