Projects With Community Impact

Date: April 19, 2016

Penn Place Apartments
Cripe | Architecture + Interiors

Last week, Cripe was honored to be a part of two important projects in our community. At Cripe we believe that we have a responsibility to give back to the great communities in which we live and work. Penn Place Apartments and the Shops at Avondale Meadows are two transformative projects for their surrounding communities. Cripe is proud to have had a role in each of these projects.

On April 5, 2016, Penn Place Apartments was officially opened to the Indianapolis public, specifically the chronically homeless seeking medical aid and supportive housing provided by this establishment. Through the collective effort set forth by Gary Hobbs of BWI, Penn Place Apartments houses 38 one-bedroom apartment units, communal areas for residents, in-house medical facilities and full-time medical and support staff. At the grand opening of the $10 million project, notable dignitaries from the Indianapolis Housing Agency, Eskenazi Health, Horizon House, Insight Development Corporation, and Midtown Mental Health provided statements on the current and future-intended success of the project’s initiative to end chronic homeless in Indianapolis. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Congressman Andre Carson provided opening remarks, noting the importance of Penn Place’s role as a stepping stone in their Quality of Life plan to combat homelessness in Indianapolis, and ultimately the State of Indiana, as the rate of homeless individuals continue to decline. Final thoughts were shared from the president of Penn Place’s Residential Committee giving testament to the project’s outstanding services and accommodations, as him and his wife were also victims of homelessness before finding comfort and shelter at Penn Place. As a symbol of hope and motivation to those homeless in the Indianapolis area, Penn Place Apartments is but one project of many to improve the quality of life for Indianapolis residents, and spark a movement for similar initiatives in the community.
As the architect, Cripe provided our full range of architectural services including extensive construction administrative work to lead the design and construction team through complex existing conditions.

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The Shops at Avondale Meadows
Cripe | Survey + 3D Laser Scanning

The area of 38th and Keystone has been considered a food desert for many years due to the lack of grocery stores in this neighborhood. The Shops at Avondale Meadows will give area residents the first full service grocery store as well as other retail outlets for the first time since 1997. Cripe provided survey services for this 9 million dollar transformative project that is expected to bring 50 full-time jobs. By giving area residents the opportunity to purchase fresh groceries, Avondale Meadows will no longer be a food desert.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, several dignitaries and supporters spoke about the importance of this project and what it will mean for the community. “Access to healthy food, clothing and jobs will bolster the Avondale Meadows area” said Darrin Orr, Vice President of United Northeast Community Development Corporation.

Avondale Groundbreaking