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June 13, 2012
From Blight to Opportunity
           
by Laurren Brown
Indianapolis residents regularly traveling the Meridian Street corridor would tell you that over the last year they've seen come welcome changes at the corner of 38th Street. A site where three underused or abandoned buildings once stood now features two freshly rehabbed and highly occupied apartment buildings. These buildings, once an eyesore and location of unseemly activities, are now known as The Enclave at Meridian and provide the area with a safe, affordable housing choice.

The Bethlehem House
, local non-profit and
Enclave owner, celebrated the success the
apartment community on June 12, 2012. TheEnclave provides area residents and Bethlehem House clients with the opportunity to live independently, while still having access to supportive services. The Bethlehem House provides services to individuals adversely affected by substance abuse, HIV and other related psychosocial issues.
 
"The Enclave is truly the culmination of many years of planning, dreaming and doing," stated Nate Rush, Bethlehem House's
Executive Director. "We are always looking
for ways to better serve our clients and
community, providing a housing option was 
a natural fit to help our clients take the next step in their lives."
 
The Enclave at Meridian, formerly the historic Meridian Mark and Schuylar apartment buildings, is located at 3755 N. Meridian. These buildings were once boarded up and created an eyesore on one of Indianapolis' most travelled corridors.
 
"This endeavor will undoubtedly increase the quality of life for both residents and
neighbors," stated Indiana Representative 
Gregory Porter. "Efforts like The Enclave
provide safe homes while helping to stabilize our community." 
 
Both the Meridian Mark and Schuylar buildings have historical importance given they were built in 1928 and 1918, respectively. While both buildings were sound, they needed significant interior rehabilitation. New plumbing, electrical and energy-efficient HVAC were installed and brought the building up to modern standards. New drywall, kitchens, bathrooms
and carpets create comfortable living spaces.
 
"My apartment is so cute and fits my personality and style." Donita Smith, resident at TheEnclave at Meridian. "It has given me a chance to make some major changes in my life that were very much needed for my well-being and growth."  

Professional management and maintenance staff is located on-site, and residents have access to an exercise room, business center, and community room. The Enclave at Meridian community offers floor plans
ranging from studio to three bedroom homes. 

The Bethlehem House was awarded $8mm in
federal tax credits, to be given over ten (10)
years, from the Indiana Housing and
Community Development Authority. KeyBank is the financial partner and has provided a 5.7mm construction loan for this community. The Enclave at Meridian has been developed in partnership with Indianapolis-based Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc. Herman & Kittle serves as general contractor and property manager while The Bethlehem House retains ownership. Residents are able to use the services provided by The Bethlehem House
as well.