Several years ago a group of concerned citizens living west of 465 and north of Eagle Creek Park organized an association (TPAN) to address the opportunities and threats facing residents within the Traders Point area. Meeting irregularly at the West 86th Clubhouse or the Traders Point Creamery loft introduced us to topics and interests that are not often found within a typical neighborhood association setting. So it is not surprising that our interests and concerns have spanned topics as eclectic as the personalities of our neighbors. Behind each of these accomplishments are neighbors who care deeply for this rural place in the city. Acting alone or on teams, and many times without any help or money from others, they have helped to improve the 5000 acre triangle and beyond we fondly refer to as Traders Point. I would like to recognize a few of these special neighbors (there is a special treat at the end of this letter).
1. Wendy Ford organized a second major planting at the Traders Point Gateway Project (West 71st and Lafayette Road) with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Dozens of volunteers spent a major part of their weekend beautifying government land west of Lafayette Road and north of West 71st to welcome us home and to distinguish our area to visitors.
2. Jerry and Cindy Baker led a grass roots campaign in a landmark case heard by the Indiana Regulatory Commission in which legal tree
trimming by utilities was redefined. What started as a simple request by neighbors to understand private property rights and duties by utilities has turned out to be a major victory for tree owners with a media spotlight focused on Traders Point.
3. Cindy Lamberjack and Fritz Kunz receive notification from the United States Department of Interior/National Parks Service that 1500
4. Former Indiana resident Sheila Fortune breaks ground on a new barn on her organic farm located on the northwest corner of West 86th and Moore Road. TPAN assisted in attracting the out of state owner when we learned that Pike Twp. Schools were considering the site for a new middle school.
5. Neighbors and Indiana Historic Landmarks attracted a buyer for the Historic Asher home on Moore Road after we learned it was slated for demolition. This 135 year old home is considered an important contribution to the Rural Historic District. New owners plan a faithful renovation for their family residence.
6. Traders Point Creamery donates its facilities and all gate proceeds to Greater Historic Traders Point at the annual Oktoberfest event. Funds will be used by Greater Historic Traders Point to raise awareness and appreciation for the area.
In the coming year we will be using this publication to widen the awareness and appreciation for the history and many distinguishing
Please accept an invitation from neighbors Patti and Dennis Smith to join them at their home, featured on the cover of this publication, on Friday, March 12th around 6:00 ~ 8145 Moore Road.
acres within Pike Twp and Traders Point has been designated a Rural Historic District. Neighbors are currently organizing a board, Greater Historic Traders Point to address the needs of the district and educate the public about it. It has been said that this is the largest Rural Historic District in the nation that is located within a metropolitan area, a fact made possible by our rural area being within the city limits of Indianapolis.characteristics of our area. We invite you to attend our meetings and to contact our officers if you would like more information about TPAN. We always have room for new ideas, and new projects. But one of our greatest pleasures is getting better acquainted with the neighbors we already have.
Please RSVP: 290-0022 – (if they answer, “Hello DLS”, that’s because they have a construction office in their home.) Patti will make
I look forward to seeing you soon.
a main dish, maybe a big pot of soup, but if anyone wants to bring anything to add to the meal or drinks, please feel free. Let Patti know what you can add. They look forward to sharing their beautiful home. We hope everyone can make it, and please feel free to bring your kids if they want to come. We have new folks in the neighborhood and it will be nice to meet them as well.