Last night I had the opportunity to attend my neighborhood association's quarterly meeting. I was able to inquire about the property I previously highlighted titled, "How to Improve Abandoned Lots". To recap, the property located at the corner of 46th & Ralston Ave in midtown Indy, has been abandoned for AT LEAST 2 years, which is as long as I have lived in the area. Ive seen no shift. There was a representative of the city there who reported that the owner of the property, a church, has plans to demo the existing structure located there. What will happen next, is anybody's guess. The owner of the property, a preacher, said that they did not have enough money to finish the project that they started.
In our meeting, we discussed the possibility of rehabilitating the property but since it is owned by a church, the city cannot sieze it in a tax sale. So it will be interesting to see how this property evolves over the next year. A few of us in the meeting advocated for a community garden but that was met with the response that we would need to form a non-profit of some sort to arrange proper upkeep of the property, and that the neighborhood association would likely need to take on the payment of property taxes and such. This is unlikely to occur since the association is strictly volunteer, and gets no assistance from the city in terms of financial donations.