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Scecina partners with community leaders on Emerson Streetscape project

 Scecina Memorial President Joe Therber (left) and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (second from right) join members of Scecina's Pipe and Drum Corps for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Emerson Corridor project.

By Cari Gallagher '93

Scecina Memorial High School President Joe Therber, Community Health Network leaders, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and several Eastside community leaders stood together on May 20 to cut the ribbon on a project that significantly improves a busy Emerson Avenue from 16th Street to 21st Street. The $2.1 million initiative was funded in part by Community Health Network, the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana.

“Our city is filled with strong, vibrant neighborhoods because residents, businesses and local government agencies come together to improve the quality of life for all who call Indianapolis home,” said Mayor Ballard. “The new Emerson Avenue streetscape is a terrific example of how thoughtful investment by community partners can transform a neighborhood, and I thank Community Health Network for their commitment to this area.”

Among the projects planned are improved medians, upgraded traffic signals, new sidewalks, resurfaced roads, neighborhood gateway markers, new trees and landscaping, and a multi-use trail.

The Emerson Street Corridor Gateway Project received input from a number of neighborhood groups, including: Community Heights Neighborhood Association, Little Flower Neighborhood Association, Emerson Heights Community Organization, and the Irvington Development Association.

Joining President Therber to represent the Crusaders was the Scecina Pipe and Drum Corps. The group, which includes Joseph Hegarty ’15, Eamon Hegarty ’16, AJ Gallagher ’18, and Nate Gallagher ’25, entertained the crowd with classical Celtic melodies and crowd pleasing pop songs. The group also paid tribute to the Red and Gold with the playing of the Scecina Fight Song.

Click here to watch the dedication ceremony 

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