The community was established in 1902 when real estate developer William L. Elder offered 8 acres of land to the Church of United Brethren in Christ to help establish a college. To this day, the community remains a home for students and residents alike, all of whom care for the area with organized efforts led by the University Heights Neighborhood Association.
“From organizing a neighborhood association to partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, University Heights has thrived for many decades, thanks to a true sense of community pride,” Hogsett said.
“As we continue to uplift all neighborhoods, we recognize that one of the keys to our city’s success is education – and here in Indianapolis that is epitomized in the University Heights neighborhood as academics continually fuel the quality of life.”
The University of Indianapolis, chartered in 1902 as Indiana Central, can take credit for creating the neighborhood. The school adopted its current name in 1986 and serves about 7,000 students.
“The Southside is revitalizing itself, and it is committed groups such as the University Heights Neighborhood Association that are making such encouraging change possible,” said City-County Councillor John Wesseler.
“The crown jewel of that neighborhood is of course the University of Indianapolis, and with even more improvements coming to the area in the next few years, we look forward to University Heights being enjoyed by more and more people down the road.”