Timeline

2005

February: A Crown Hill board member approaches the Indy Parks Foundation to ask whether it has interest in purchasing 70 acres of the cemetery’s land that curve north along Michigan Road to 42nd Street and over to Clarendon Road. After a presentation by Keith Norwalk, president and CEO of Crown Hill, the Indy Parks and Foundation board engages to raise $3 million the pre-appraisal price.

April: Cindy Porteous, executive director of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, is disappointed to say the least when Norwalk informed her that Crown Hill decided to put the land on the open market. Norwalk recalls that the foundation was out of the picture only after it was clear that it couldn’t make a viable offer Cindy Porteous, executive director of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, is disappointed to say the least when Norwalk informed her that Crown Hill decided to put the land on the open market. Norwalk recalls that the foundation was out of the picture only after it was clear that it couldn’t make a viable offer

December: Crown Hill accepts Brenwick Development’s $5 million offer.

2006

March: Brenwick withdraws its offer. The presence of wetlands is revealed. Crown Hill is very receptive to the possibility of an offer from the Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc. Soon after an initial conversation, CILTI is informed that an offer must be proffered within three weeks and finds itself unable to raise funds that quickly.

July: Crown Hill accepts a $5.6 million offer from Mann Properties.

September: Mann files a petition for a zoning change from the current zoning to permit mixed commercial and residential development.

2007

1/17/2007: Meeting of the Metropolitan Development Commission to hear Mann Properties’ petition for rezoning at 1 p.m. in the Public Assembly Room on the second floor of the City-County Building at 200 E. Washington St. Hearing postponed to February 21, 2007.

3/21/2007: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission votes to protect the North Woods at Crown Hill Cemetery

2008

April: Initiative by Central Indiana Land Trust to purchase the land fails due to the stock market crash. The state of Indiana had contributed $262,500 to said effort & turn the area into a state nature preserve protecting these woods in perpetuity.

2013

10/21/13: Indiana Historical Society Press and Crown Hill co-publish Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary, a book that extols the ecological value and sacred quality of the North Woods

2015

9/5/15: Public Notice of the Environmental Assessment and FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) issued in the Indy Star

9/15/15: National Cemetery Administration purchases 14.75 acre tract of land from Crown Hill for $810,000 (Land Acquisition Document)

10/13/15: Public Notice period ends

2016

9/1/16 : IFA publishes blog post: “What Can Save A 300-Year-Old Indianapolis Forest?”; an appeal for calls to decision makers is made.

9/14/16: Crown Hill Woods Organizing Meeting (120+ people in attendance) Photos here.

9/20/16: Senator Joe Donnelly publishes a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald.

9/20/16: Meeting with VA officials from Washington D.C at Crown Hill Cemetery. The officials state that they will go forward with the design and construction unless higher-ups at the VA officials tell them to halt.

9/23/16: The Northside Montessori School hosts a peaceful protest (click here for details.) Event photos here.

9/25/16: #walktothewoods (350+ people in attendance) Event photos here

9/28/16: Letter writing at the Christian Theological Seminary (Christian Theological Seminary | 12:30 p.m.)

9/29/16: Public Meeting Called by the VA: Let’s Pack the House! (Click here for detailsEvent Photos here

10/30/16: An inventory of the Crown Hill North Woods led by state certified arborists & botanist Kevin Tungesvick. Event Photos here

11/16/16: Peaceful Picket at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Event Photos here

11/22/16: Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust publicizes their negotiable offer to purchase the 14.75-acre VA parcel