Home to be built at site of 2006 Hamilton Avenue murders
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ten years after one of the worst murders in the history of Indianapolis, a home is being built at the site of the Hamilton Avenue murders on the city’s near east side.
“Over the past three or four years, there has been a lot of conversation about what could happen with 560 Hamilton,” said John Hay, the Executive Director of the Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) non-profit.
In the beginning of July, ground will be broken on the new home with that same 560 Hamilton Avenue address.
“There’s a lot of reverence for this place, there’s a lot of consternation about it. I would say that for our organization, we have wrestled with what should be done for this property more than any other property we’ve developed,” said Hay.
NEAR is a nonprofit that builds affordable homes on the near east side. Hay said the process of getting to the point of being able to build a home at the site was a long and thoughtful one.
“The next door neighbors really like the idea of a house for a family here. We think that fills a void that when you look at this site, that’s what you see. You see a place where something bad happened,” said Hay.
560 Hamilton Avenue is the site of one of the most horrific murders in the history of Indianapolis. On June 1, 2006, a family of seven was shot and killed inside the home. For years, the home sat vacant until arsonists and ultimately a bulldozer tore the home down.
The neighborhood knew that something had to happen there.
“No. We don’t want to be remembered for the bad thing that happened here, we don’t want to see a vacant space, we want to see a house where a family can live and a family can thrive and a family can grow,” Hay said.
Plans for a three bedroom home have been drawn up, but this vision is so much more than a blueprint of a new house; it’s a blueprint for the future of this near east side street.
“There’s been a long time of grieving. Let’s begin to heal and let’s begin to move forward for the future,” said Hay.
Construction will begin in the beginning of July. The home will likely be completed in September or October. Hay hopes a family will be moved in by the beginning of 2017.