Available Space

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

  • Last updated: September 12, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 21, 2006

Mission Statement

Living well, resilience, ecosystem, mutual support, sustainability, appropriate technology

Community Description

Updates:

The duplex at 429 and 431 N. Hamilton Avenue, 46201 is for sale. It is the next building to the north. Here is a link to details: https://www.realestate.com/429-n-hamilton-ave-indianapolis-in-46201–1088844 . Also, there is a newly refurbished house a short walk away on the 400 block of Jefferson Avenue. Here’s a link for a three bedroom rental/rent to own: https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/reo/d/rent-rent-to-own-3-bedrooms-2/6695822333.html .

A not for profit is in the process of acquiring abandoned housing in our neighborhood to restore and sell to home owners. Several of us are assembling a group to integrate appropriate technologies into these sites. Examples are photovoltaic, passive geothermal and greenhouses. We have yet to make definite designs.

Available are bedrooms with shared common spaces ($320 – 450 monthly). The landlord is in touch with nearby landlords who might have vacancies in entire apartments and houses that are for rent and or for sale.

By the way, nearby Phoenix Urban Farm is making tremendous strides with its gardening, hoop house and Fifth Friday Art Shows https://www.facebook.com/events/1602650446529737/ .

Current projects:
early planning to fix up and occupy nearby abandoned duplexes,
building repair and maintenance (especially gutter work and minor roofing),
food forest development,
getting rental bedrooms and housing occupied,
gardening,
and
mutual support (e.g., facilitating one each others goals, barter, finding nearby housing for quality neighbors).

Additional concerns:
starting a local internet service,
finding buyers for nearby housing,
and
bringing in and starting businesses.

Permaculturalists, edible landscapers and foraging experts are very welcome. Also, fundraising activity is invited to enhance the economic, agricultural and ecological activity. I would delight in having green and community minded people live in the nearby rentals and housing that is for sale. Bedrooms with shared common spaces are for rent in the duplex. WWOOFers (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) are encouraged to consider collaborating here; shelter and food can be worked out.

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Greg is willing to help place quality people in bedrooms, apartment and houses. Development of the community’s direction is ongoing.
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Of ongoing concern to Greg is how to make the neighborhood better without the negatives that can come with neighborhood improvement. We need to raise up everyone. Any social workers or social work minded people interested? Ecological matters, including education and advocacy, are vital concerns.
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The physical boundaries of the community are intended to be broader than building’s site. Nearby is the Green Shepherd project, Fruit Loop Acres farm and Basic Roots Community Foods distribution, and a community garden.
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At minimum we would be a group focused on the well being of our members.
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Greg’s foci are to be landlord, farmer, facilitator of community and advocate for ecological matters. Members, and supporters, are invited to collaborate with him. Some complimentary services that he suggests are:
a bike shop,
online sale of bike parts,
grant researcher and writer,
fundraiser,
bookkeeper,
hauling,
building improvement,
landscaping,
soil improvement,
internet service,
foraging,
an arts center,
permaculture courses and consultation, an agricultural apprenticeship program, and a nature conservation and restoration corps.
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Minimum requirements for residential membership:
1. Concern for the impact of our ecological footprint.
2. Willingness to engage in enhancing our quality of life.
3. Payment of monthly bills for housing, utilities, and enhancements. Typical price is $300 – $450 monthly per bedroom. Barter can be included.

The four bedroom apartment rents for around $700 per month; utilities are not included.

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  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2013
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Greg Buck
  • Phone: (317) 660-1326
  • Community Address:
    423 N. Hamilton Avenue
    Indianapolis, Indiana, 46201
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op, Unspecified, or Other, Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Discussion about making things happen
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 0
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The landlord, Greg Buck.
  • Additional Comments:

    Options are to buy a unit (many fixer uppers in area), rent a housing unit, and rent a bedroom and share common space.

    There is the opportunity to expand both the number of housing units as well as open space. Community-minded people are encouraged to rent and buy nearby residences and vacant lots.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 2
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Start with conversations. Then determine what direction to take next. Possibilities include
    – renting a bedroom and common space,
    – renting or buying a house or apartment, and
    – setting up a the purposes of and schedule for meetings.
    Living here on a trial basis is negotiable.
    Members can live on or off site, preferably nearby.

  • Additional Comments:

    The closest we come to a common spiritual path is strong respect for the Earth as our life support system.

    Living well is the focus.

    Open to all options.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    I, the landlord, am the leader. That dynamic could change with expansion beyond my site.

    Nonviolent communication (the exploration of each other’s needs and expectations) is vital. If the community expands to sites that are not owned by Greg, that would likely change the decision making dynamics. By the way, each different person who has lived here influenced these dynamics. A propensity for collaboration is necessary.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Rent ranges from roughly $300 to 450 for one bedroom to $800 for one bedroom apartment.

    Barter is a consideration.

    Interested in starting businesses that benefit the Earth as our life support system.

    Debt might be OK, but it must not spill over into creating crises in the community.

    I would like to share in household chores and perhaps a project or projects.

    Members and residential non-members pay the common expenses, namely the rent. We will negotiate the purchase of food. No fees at this time for members who are not residents.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Compost in garden.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Internet, We possibly could share a living room, garden, shed, automobiles / rides, bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Greg envisions at least one time a week for a shared meal.

    The typical interested parties are vegan and vegetarian.

    In my personal diet I am inclined toward raw organic vegan, eat cooked vegetables and would greatly appreciate increased engagement with a raw organic vegan diet, especially with foraged foods. I am also open to eating nuisance game animals such as rabbit and deer.

    Perhaps a smoking allowed location could be created.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Agnostic, Humanist, Yoga is practiced for the physical & emotional benefits.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Greg would like to have close affiliations with communities in rural and urban areas. He is in touch with local people who are engage with other communal endeavors.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Center for Sustainable Living (Bloomington, IN), Heartwood, Indiana Forest Alliance, Earth Charter Indiana, Campaign for Sustainable Economics, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, Permaculture Activist, United States Society for Eological Economics, Willard Park of Holy Cross-Westminster Civic Alliance

Community Affiliations

Willard Park of Holy Cross-Westminster Civic Alliance

Keywords

sustainable, economics, agriculture, foraging, barter, permaculture, resilient, neighborly,