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Super Bowl left lasting impact on city

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It’s only been 18 months since Indianapolis last played host to droves of Super Bowl fans, but even though all those crowds and hype have gone, the event left a lasting mark on the city.

The Super Bowl Legacy Project is still making a difference on the near east side.

One way is through the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center, a multi-million dollar fitness and education facility.

Since opening in February of 2012, 50,000 people have visited the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center. That number is expected to double this year.

Years before the Super Bowl came to Indianapolis, community leaders had plans to revitalize the side of town.  They credit the NFL for providing a spark that ignited a multi-million dollar investment in the community.

“Without the Super Bowl the work would have continued but certainly not at the pace that we were able to get as a result of the Legacy Project,” said James Taylor, CEO John Bonner Community Center.

That work continues today. Along 10th Street plans are in the works to add a new green space — Legacy Plaza.  Across the street, sits Clifford Corners, the neighborhoods first large scale, mixed-use development that is part of the Legacy Project.

“Essentially we wanted to create a new market of consumers here on East 10th Street to support our small businesses, at the same time offering more affordable and quality housing and residential opportunities for our residents,” said Tammi Hughes, East 10th Street Civic Association.

Less than a mile away, another Legacy home is being remodeled. 58 homes were re-built as part of the NFL inspired project. What was once a blighted neighborhood where four out of 10 homes sat vacant, St. Claire Place is on the rebound.

“We have demand and desire everyday for people to purchase homes in here,” said John Hay, Executive Director of Indy-East Asset Development. “The St. Clair Place Neighborhood is completely revitalized because of the Super Bowl.”

Community leaders say $154 million has been invested into the near east side over the past few years. A super sized investment that they say resulted from Indianapolis hosting the 2012 Super Bowl.

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