Avondale Meadows to end food desert with grocery, retail shops

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 7, 2016) - The groundbreaking of the new Avondale Meadows development at 38th Street and Keystone Avenue is Thursday morning.

This is an area that’s currently called a food desert, meaning a large portion of the people who live here are more than a mile from the nearest supermarket.

The groundbreaking is the first step to bringing a Save-A-Lot Food Store, Goodwill and other retail shops to this part of the city’s northeast side.  It also means that, by this winter, Avondale Meadows will no longer be a food desert.

This project to bring grocery and retail stores to the neighborhood is eight years in the making and part of a 70-million dollar investment to transform the area.

Other pieces of that include educational opportunities and adding mixed-income housing and health care facilities.

The last piece, say organizers, is access to fresh groceries and retail.

“A lot of our neighbors here buy their groceries from convenience stores, and that’s not a safe, healthy or affordable option,” said developer Rodney Byrnes with Strategic Capitol Partners.  “The idea of having a full service grocery store is something critical to the neighborhood in order for it to thrive again.”

This addition is also expected to bring 50 full-time and even more part-time jobs.

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