Spring Neighborhood Cleanup - April 7th!

PLEASE join your neighbors to clean up our fantastic neighborhood. This makes a huge difference when the trees start blooming. Winter seems to bring a lot of trash! Fantastic prizes donated by our awesome Business Collective!

SPRING CLEAN-UP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is it?  The clean-up is on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Where do we meet?  Craigs Kids Park at 23rd and Alabama. 

Do I need tools?  No.  Shovels, rakes, trash bags, and gloves are all provided. 

Do I need to be part of the HOA to participate?  Absolutely not.  The HOA helps organize the event, but all neighbors are welcome and needed. 

Will I have to carry heavy trash bags?  No.  We will have a truck driving around the neighborhood to pick up and consolidate the trash bags, so you just need to fill the bags and leave them at the curb. 

What needs cleaned?  Well, just about everything.  Scraping leaves and dirt from curbs and clearing gutters is always an area of focus.  Public spaces, such as under the bridge along the Fall Creek Trail, as well as a few abandoned lots that collect trash and dumping are also areas of focus. 

Anything else to motivate me besides a sense of self-satisfaction and quality time with neighbors?  Yes!  Shoefly will host a free cookout after the clean-up for volunteers.  Also, free coffee, water, doughnuts, and door prizes (t-shirts, yoga passes, etc) and beer will be provided by the Fall Creek Business Collective and HOA. 

Fall Creek Fest Coming up in September

Live Music, Food and Drinks in Craig Kids Memorial Park. Come hang with neighbors and help us raise money for Phase I of Craig Kids Memorial Park! Food and Drinks from Goose the Market, Shoefly, Mashcraft, Tea's Me, Central State, Artisan Picnic and 22nd St. Diner! We will be set up in the park and blocking off 23rd Street.

Friday, September 22, 2017

5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

April Update

Get involved in the neighborhood

Along with the Home Owners Association Board of Directors, volunteers from the neighborhood play a key role by serving on HOA committees.  These committees serve a wide variety of functions.  If you are interested in volunteering your time and efforts, please contact fallcreekplace@gmail.com or each committee individually.

Fall Creek Place Committees

  • Land Use Committee – The Land Use Committee acts as a representative of the neighborhood when new land uses are proposed.  Our primary goal is to help shape new developments so that they benefit existing residents and conform to long-term planning goals for the neighborhood.  A secondary goal of the Land Use Committee is to help advertise land use opportunities within the neighborhood. Committee Chairperson: Chris Corr.  Committee Contact: landuse.fcp@gmail.com
  • Crime Watch Committee – The Fall Creek Place Crimewatch Committee strives to maintain a safe neighborhood for all residents. The committee is made up of individual block clubs as well as other interested neighbors, and participants need not be members of the Fall Creek Place HOA to participate. The committee tracks crime statistics, works with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and other city agencies to address problems, provides information to members and to the neighborhood about crime activities and prevention and seeks to build relationships between neighbors. Crimewatch members share information through a secure list-serv email group restricted to members.  Committee Contact: safety.fcp@gmail.com
  • Maintenance Committee – Fall Creek Place has one of the most complete investments of public garden infrastructure in the city.  This "garden district" includes obvious large-scale elements like our gateway monuments and public parks, but also includes our unique planted "bump-outs" along our major streets as well as the decorative paving at many pedestrian intersections.  It is up to neighborhood residents to maintain these unique elements that help define our neighborhood's character. Committee Chairperson: Heather Roemer Committee Contact: maintenance.fcp@gmail.com
  • Design Review Committee - The Fall Creek Place Design Review Committee strives to protect our investment and neighborhood character by ensuring compliance with the Fall Creek Place Design Guidelines.  The Committee is established by the Fall Creek Place Covenants and is charged with reviewing all exterior changes to HOA-member homes and yards. Committee Chairperson: Bart Gander. Committee Contact: fallcreekplace@gmail.com
  • Fall Creek Foundation - The Fall Creek Place Foundation serves to enhance the quality of life of all neighbors.  Our mission is to create a better sense of community among Fall Creek Place residents by developing and improving public spaces.  The vision of the Foundation is to be a force of inclusion, bringing together neighbors from all walks of life, by creating unique spaces and experiences.  The FCP Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit and is the official fundraising arm of the HOA. Your donation will help improve our neighborhood!  We are always looking for volunteers interested in helping us create a better sense of community. Please feel free to contact us here: fallcreekplacefoundation@gmail.com
  • Newsletter Committee – We are always looking for content suggestions, feature stories, news or notes, and photographs to include in the Urban Times newsletter.  If you have and ideas, please contact fallcreekplace@gmail.com. Post a message to the Fall Creek Place Facebook page - www.facebook.com/FallCreekPlace and Fall Creek Place on Instagram.

Fall Creek Place Parents Group

Interested in meeting other families with kids in Fall Creek Place? Like the Fall Creek Place Parents Group Facebook page to share information relevant to families with children and to get to know one another. Find the group at www.facebook.com/groups/FCP.parents.

Upcoming Calendar

  • February 23 – Recycling Pickup Day
  • March 12 – HOA Board of Directors Meeting
  • – Heavy Trash Pickup Day
  • March 9– Recycling Pickup Day

Easter Egg Hunt

The second annual Fall Creek Place Easter Egg Hunt was held on March 26th at the Arboretum Park on Broadway Street.  Nearly 50 kids searched for eggs among the rocks and trees in our unique pocket park.  A special thanks to all neighbors who donated candy, helped fill the eggs, and who brought refreshments. 

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March Update

Diana Robertson Leads Award Winning Lilly Day of Service Project

Neighbor Diana Robertson lives on the 2400 block of New Jersey and works for Lilly Diabetes.  Last October she led a service project that benefited Indianapolis Animal CARE and Control.  A video from that project was entered into the 2015 Super Service Challenge and won $3,000 courtesy of the Drew Brees Foundation.  We caught up with Diana to ask her about the project and how Fall Creek Place Residents can get involved.

Fall Creek Place Newsletter: Tell us about the Lilly Day of Service Project

Diana: The Lilly Day of Service (DOS) is an annual event that took place October 1.  I assembled 150 of my colleagues at Eli Lilly and Elanco Animal Health to give the under-funded/under-staffed Indianapolis Animal CARE and Control (IACC) a much needed makeover. 

Fall Creek Place Newsletter:  Who else was involved and what kind of work did you do?

Diana:  With the help of a generous donation from the Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Foundation (FIACCFI) (a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Indy’s shelter animals) along with Sherwin Williams Paints, Sign Craft Industries, Artist Susan Kline, and the Eli Lilly DOS volunteers, together we: 

  • painted two fun colorful murals on the exterior,
  • painted LOTS of chain link fencing,
  • added several outdoor play areas with benches and play equipment for dogs,
  • painted several interior rooms including 3 cat rooms and the employee/volunteer break room,
  • added an outdoor shelter for employees/volunteers in the back of the property,
  • socialized cats and gave them TLC,
  • and general clean-up giving the facility and grounds a facelift. 

The “Homeward Bound” mural image was transferred onto t-shirts.  We also incorporated the IACC Chief’s vision of branding CARE in the IACC name (Caring for Animals Responsibly and Ethically) and it’s painted prominently on the visitors parking lot side of the building.  We compiled a video of volunteers stating “Why You Served” and submitted it to the Super Service Challenge contest.  It won $3,000 for the FIACCFI and they will use it to purchase an X-ray machine to diagnose trauma in shelter animals. 

Fall Creek Newsletter:  How can Fall Creek Place residents get involved?

Diana:  IACC always needs volunteers.  Anyone can volunteer individually and it’s a great place for a team-building activity for groups.  Even children can volunteer with their parents.  Who doesn’t love to play with dogs or love on cats?  And there are many other things that can be done at IACC that is always appreciated by this under-staffed organization.  Contact Diana Robertson at catladydi@ymail.com or 317.923.4598 for guidance on how to get involved and make life better for shelter animals.  It’s a wonderful way to give back to animals and the community.  If you can’t volunteer, consider donating to FIACCFI (friendsofindyacc.org).

Crime Watch Block Captains

With spring upon us, Fall Creek Place will once again come to life with active neighbors and visitors. Residents are reminded to keep their eyes open for suspicious behavior or anything that looks out of the ordinary and to report these things to the police.  We also encourage neighbors to volunteer to organize Crimewatch Blocks.  For more information, please contact safety.fcp@gmail.com.  All neighbors can help keep Fall Creek Place a safer place by following these 2 tips and action steps for crime prevention.

  1. Use Outdoor Lights Regularly – Your exterior lights reduce crime.  Keep your exterior lights on at night and make sure they are working properly.  Motion-activated lights are especially helpful as they draw attention to any movement.  If your front pole light is out, often times it needs the GFI outlet reset or the bulb replaced.  If the problem is the dusk until dawn sensor is broken and you need help replacing it, please contact maintenance.fcp@gmail.com.  Also, it is important to call IPL at 317.261.8111 to report street light that are out.
  2. Bring Garbage and Recycling Cans Inside – Garbage cans left in alleys provide leverage to criminals.  Bringing them inside your garage or fence weekly after trash pickup can prevent criminals from using them as a step stool to climb a fence or as a storage place for stolen items.  It also helps keep the alley looking clean and free of trash by preventing people from rummaging through you garbage.

Fall Creek Place Foundation Selling NAP Credits

The Fall Creek Place Foundation received a Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. We still have $1,760.00 in Indiana tax credits for sale to raise money to improve the park at 23rd/Alabama. For every $200 donated to Fall Creek Place Foundation, the donor receives a $100 tax credit toward 2016 Indiana tax liability. 

Example: 
John Doe owes Indiana Department of Revenue $1000 for 2016. Mr. Doe donates $400 to Fall Creek Place Foundation through the NAP grant. Mr. Doe will get a $200 tax credit and now only has to pay Indiana $1000 - $200 = $800 for 2016. 

If you are interested in purchasing a NAP tax credit contact me at kathleenfield@gmail.com.  Donations will be processed on a first come, first served basis

Upcoming Calendar

  • March 11th – Recycling Pickup Day
  • March 12th – HOA Board Meeting - 10AM at Monon Coffee
  • March 17th – Saint Patrick’s Day
  • March 24th – Heavy Trash Pickup Day
  • March 25th – Recycling Pickup Day

February Update

Meet Members of the Board

The Fall Creek Place Home Owners Association Board positions are now set for 2016. The HOA is governed by seven elected representatives that serve staggered three-year terms.  Board positions are filled at the annual meeting in November and are all voluntary and receive no compensation.

New Board Roster:

  • Chris Corr – President
  • Brian Carter – Vice President
  • Leslie Kell – Secretary
  • Matt Guay – Treasurer
  • Marc Beaudry – At-Large
  • David Bullington– At-Large
  • Kara Hieser– At-Large

Here is some information on your current board members:

  • Chris Corr is serving his first year as President after serving as Vice President and Treasurer. He moved to FCP with his wife, Claire Willard, and daughter, Alanna, in 2011.  He has been a Land Use Committee co-chair for 4 years and has been active in steering a number of land use proposals and initiates within the neighborhood.  Chris is a biomedical engineer and works for the Indiana University School of Medicine as a lab manager in the Krannert Institute of Cardiology.
  • Brian Carter is a second year board member and is beginning his first year as Vice President. He organized a greenway clean-up in 2014 and has removed graffiti at many sites in and around the neighborhood.  Brian, his wife Kelly, and their daughters moved to FCP in 2013. He works downtown at Anthem, Inc.
  • Leslie Kell is beginning her first year on the board and is serving as Secretary. Along with husband Nick and sons Owen and Evan, Leslie moved into a new home on Broadway in 2015. They moved into the neighborhood in 2004 and have spent time on Central and Delaware. Leslie is an RN at Community Hospital.
  • Matt Guay and his wife Emily and daughter Audrey moved to Fall Creek Place in 2005 and currently live on Broadway St. after spending 9 1/2 years on Delaware. This is Matt’s second year as Treasurer and third year on the board. He also writes the neighborhood newsletter for the Urban Times. Matt is the Director of Tickets and Operations for the Indianapolis Indians.
  • Marc Beaudry is a second year at-large board member.  Marc and his wife Jenny moved to Fall Creek Place in 2010 because they wanted to live close to downtown and live in a diverse urban environment.  Marc has been working at Eli Lilly for twelve years and currently works in the Alzheimers division as a marketer.
  • Dave Bullington is a first term at-large board member. Dave and his wife Susan have been residents of Talbott Street in Fall Creek Place since 2009.  They spend most of their free time chasing after their two young sons, Winston and Oliver, and love the neighborhood's close proximity to the city's many amenities that allows them to raise their boys in such an urban setting. Dave is a creditors' rights attorney for Blackwell, Burke & Ramsey PC.

The Board also has a handful of committees that rely on volunteers to chair and lead.  They are as follows:

  • Design Review - Kyle Miller
  • Safety - Sarah Strawbridge and Kara Hieser
  • Maintenance - Heather Roemer
  • Land Use - Chris Corr
  • Urban Times - Matt Guay
  • Foundation – Matt Guay

Fall Creek Place Foundation

The Fall Creek Place Foundation was formed in 2015 to create a better sense of community among Fall Creek Place residents by developing and improving public spaces.  As a 501 C(3) non-profit our vision is to be a force of inclusion, bringing together neighbors from all walks of life, by creating unique spaces and experiences.  Some things we will be working on in 2016:

  • Ideas to develop & beautify public spaces in the neighborhood and act as a bridge between the HOA and those who live in the area but are not HOA members
  • Playground/Community space at 23rd/Alabama Park
  • “All-In Block Party” tentatively scheduled for April to gather and unveil plans for playground/community space.

We are always looking for volunteers interested in helping us create a better sense of community. Please feel free to contact us at fallcreekplacefoundation@gmail.com

Foundation Board Members:

  • Chris Corr
  • Jeremy Brilliant
  • Matt Guay
  • Adam Mueller
  • Renate Myler

Upcoming Calendar

  • February 12th – Recycling Pickup Day
  • February 13th – HOA Board Meeting - 10AM at Monon Coffee
  • February 25th – Heavy Trash Pickup Day
  • February 26th – Recycling Pickup Day

2016 Monthly FCP HOA Board Meetings

The Fall Creek Place Homeowners' Association Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis. In 2016 those meetings will take place at 10am on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Monon Coffee Company (2442 Central Ave). The first meeting of the year will be Saturday, January 9th.

Fall Creek Place residents (both HOA and non-HOA) are welcome to attend these meetings to hear topics being discussed and to provide feedback. If you have a topic you'd like to add to the agenda for a particular meeting, please contact our HOA management company at least a week in advance at fallcreekplace@gmail.com.

The 2016 HOA Board of Directors is:

Chris Corr - President
Brian Carter - Vice-President
Matt Guay - Treasurer
Leslie Kell - Secretary
Marc Beaudry
Kara Hieser
Dave Bullington