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Indianapolis begins planning process for former Oaktree Apartments site

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Apr 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-14 06:29:08-04

INDIANAPOLIS — On Tuesday, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and City-County Councillor La Keisha Jackson announced that the city is in the beginning stages of a planning process for the redevelopment of the 19-acre former Oaktree Apartments site, located on Indy’s far east side near 42nd Street and Post Road.

“I’m excited to announce the City has chosen Meticulous Design + Architecture and the DAVID RUBIN Land Collective to lead the Master Planning process for the former Oaktree site,” Mayor Hogsett said. “Today’s announcement about this transformative redevelopment marks another important milestone in this collaboration of Far Eastside community stakeholders.”

Meticulous Design + Architecture is a local Black-owned firm that specializes in civic architecture and will lead the process of robust partner, resident, and wider community engagement strategy throughout the planning process. The plan to guide the future development of the site is expected to be completed in 2021.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Far Eastside residents, the City of Indianapolis, Councillor Jackson, and the many area stakeholders on the Oaktree Site Redevelopment Master Plan,” Damon F. Hewlin, Principal of Meticulous Design + Architecture said. “Alongside the DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, our firms will jointly lead the team in a comprehensive and heartfelt engagement with the community to ensure the outcomes of this project are a direct reflection of resident voices and serve as a catalyst for inclusive redevelopment and an improved quality of life for the Far Eastside."

“The Oaktree property plagued the Far Eastside for far too long,” La Keisha Jackson, City-County Councillor for District 14 added.