Historic Washington Park • Meridian~Kessler
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September 24th, 2017
IHPC Will Not Vote on Preservation Plan

The Washington Park Coordinating Committee met with staff of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) today to discuss the survey results. The Coordinating Committee determined that there was insufficient support for the Washington Park Draft Preservation Plan. As a result, the current draft (Washington Park Preservation Plan Draft Four) will NOT be presented to the IHPC for potential adoption.

In the future, the Coordinating Committee plans to consult with property owners and IHPC Staff to determine:

  1. If Washington Park property owners would support a less restrictive plan?
  2. If the IHPC would support a less restrictive plan?
  3. If 1 & 2 are yes, then what would that plan look like? Would it be an existing option, such as a Conservation District, or perhaps, a new option that does not currently exist?

IHPC Preservation Planner Chris Myers plans to reach out to some of you to gain a better understanding of the concerns caused by the current draft Preservation Plan, and how it might be substantially modified (if at all) to better meet the neighborhood’s goals and objectives and earn more support. If you have specific suggestions that you would like to share, please share them with Chris at 317-327-4432 or at christopher.myers@indy.gov.

The Coordinating Committee and the IHPC worked diligently to provide an open, transparent and friendly atmosphere to explore protective guidelines for Washington Park. Each of us respects the neighborhood’s position on the draft plan, and will only pursue an alternative option with the neighborhood’s overwhelming support.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 317-698-1311 or at washingtonpark@mkna.org.

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