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.