Area Two

SWOT Analysis

SWOT CHART AREA 2

Strengths

Clear vacant lots – The area is spotted with several empty lots that have been kept relatively clean of growth and debris. These lots can be quickly and easily converted to other uses, or are “Shovel Ready” for construction.

MITS Infrastructure/plaza – MITS has a newly constructed facility on the north end of the area that presents a clean and welcoming feel. The Industry-Willard bus route services the area, and the stops are sheltered and well kept.

Lighting – Light posts are located at every intersection and along several alleys, creating a sense of safety. A nighttime survey would be beneficial to insure all lights are working and provide ample lighting.

Streets/sidewalks – The neighborhood as a whole has benefited from recent roadwork. Most of Area 2 is paved with sidewalks. Some streets have them on both sides, one side, and some have none. North of Kirby, an area traversed primarily by MITS buses, has not been repaved. These streets suffer from degradation, but account for a small percentage of the Area. Overall, the infrastructure is of good quality.

Industrial facilities – Area 2 is bordered along the North by the CSX rail line. This railroad has lead to the construction of several industrial buildings, which continue to operate. Other buildings, which are currently vacant, appear to be in good standing and could be filled.

Churches – Acting as a social networking source, churches allow for the spread of news and events. Area 2 has 3 churches within it, and 5 churches within the surrounding area.

Weaknesses

Abandoned properties – There are abandoned properties in the neighborhood that have significant damage, some because of fires.

Lack of sidewalks – Most streets have sidewalks but some portions of First and Second Street lack sidewalks on some or both sides of the street.

Lack of stores – There is no retail in the community and only one convenience store located just outside of the community.

Stray animals – Loose dogs and cats create potential risks/dangers and add to the unsafe image that plagues the neighborhood.

Rundown housing – While there are abandoned homes, people are living in even worse housing conditions.

No parks – Area 2 has no parks and its residents have to commute to Heekin Park for recreation.

Access to funds – The neighborhood association is currently not incorporated and is thus limited in access to funds and grants.

Opportunities

City government & land rehab – The political environment is supportive of neighborhood revitalization.

Proximity to downtown/social services – Area 2 is the closest in Industry to downtown Muncie and its amenities. These amenities include the social services provided by WorkOne and the YM(W)CA.

Railroad improvements – Recent trestle improvements can be cited as a source of development.

Linkage – With the existing infrastructure, Area 2 has opportunities to be better linked to other areas and the outside community.

Ball State – the NAP will provide new programs and activities for the area.

Strong funding groups/foundations – The Ball Foundation and Muncie Delaware Community Foundations are two of the largest donors in the State.

Threats

Budget issues – The City of Muncie, like municipalities all over Indiana, is experiencing budget issues. Thus, the City cannot be considered a reliable funding source for the Industry Neighborhood. Its residents will have to rely on grassroots efforts or foundation granting to support neighborhood improvement efforts.

Competition for funding – Many of Muncie’s neighborhoods struggle from a lack of funding, resulting in inter-city competition for financial assistance.

Lack of data – The Industry Neighborhood, in comparison to neighborhoods such as Whitely, has very little statistical data to support funding requests or assist with planning activities.

Image – While Industry residents feel comfortable in their neighborhood, the outside community views it as crime-ridden and run-down.

Lack of enforcement – There is a limited police presence in the Industry Neighborhood, which creates an environment for undesirable activities such as crime, drug use, and juvenile delinquency.

Existing Conditions Source: Kenneth Hughes
Existing Conditions
Source: Kenneth Hughes.
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