Monday, November 14, 2011

2011 Fall Leaf Collection

The City of Bloomington's Street Department has developed a website to tract when they will be picking up leaves in your neighborhood. Here is the link The site will be updated on a regular basis.

Curbside Pickup: One-pickup Only

Leaves at all residences must be at curb by NOVEMBER 14, 2011.

Each residence will receive one pickup between November 14 - December 30, 2011. (Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 3:00pm)

All leaves must be as close to the curb as possible and may not be in the roadway or around fire hydrants.

Leaves will be vacuumed, so please DO NOT include other waste as it may clog equipment.

In case of inclement weather (snow, ice, etc.) the leaf collection schedule may be modified.
If you have any questions you can email

Sunday, October 30, 2011

McDoel Gardens Neighborhood Association Meeting Thursday, Nov. 3

The next neighborhood meeting is this Thursday at the McDoel Baptist Church, 1008 S. Rogers at 6:30pm.

Topics are:

McDoel Switchyard Park and B-Line trail.
Dave Williams, Operations and Development Director for the City of Bloomington Parks & Rec. Department, will speak about the upcoming planning process for the future McDoel Switchyard Park. He will also be giving us an update on the B-Line trail.

Plans for S. Rogers St. warehouse renovation.
The former Crosley Building at 1525 S. Rogers is being renovated by NSSX Properties for use as a community activity center. A representative will be at the meeting to outline the plans for the building.

Try to attend if you can. Your views and ideas are important to all of us who live in this great neighborhood.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

McDoel Gardens Block Party official invite

Come Join Your Neighbors at the McDoel Gardens Fall Block Party!

Saturday, October 8th
6 PM to 10 PM
900 Block of S. Madison (just south of Dodds St.)

Some food and drinks will be provided.
*Bring a side dish or a dessert!*
No time to cook or shop? No problem! Just bring your good cheer!
There will be music, kids games, and amusements for all!
**We will be collecting food donations for the Community Kitchen.
We encourage you to bring dry goods or canned goods to donate!**
Questions? Contact Matt Press at 331-8924, or at

Friday, September 2, 2011

October McDoel Pot luck block party

Come get to know your neighbors at the McDoel Gardens annual fall block party. Saturday, October 8th, 6-10pm. This event is a pot luck so bring something yummy. The party is on the south side of Dodds and Madison. Invite your friends and show them what a great neighborhood we live in. Come dressed up if you want.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Upland Brewery expansion press release and informal letter

A link to Upland Brewery's expansion official press release can be found here

Below is a informal letter written by Doug Dayhoff, president of Upland Brewing.

To the Friends and Family of Upland:

Thirteen years ago the Upland Brewing Company launched in an old building which originally stored ice that would be distributed to local homes by horse and cart. In 1998 few people ventured beyond College Ave and Sixth Street, where downtown Bloomington effectively stopped, and Indiana’s entire beer production was measured in the hundreds of barrels. Much has changed since then: the buzz of new construction fills the neighborhood, and Upland alone brews over 10,000 barrels, including Upland Wheat and Dragonfly IPA, two of the best selling craft beers in the state of Indiana.

Through the great recession of the last five years, our sales have tripled. Gigantor, the 150-barrel (nearly 5,000 gallons) fermentation tank installed last fall, was the last tank we could squeeze into our building (and it doesn’t really fit, since it sticks four feet out of the roof). Just six months later we’re having difficulty keeping pace with demand yet again. We owe a tremendous thank you to those who have helped sell and drink all that beer we’ve brewed, and raise a big toast to our fellow brewers who have helped to change the beer culture of an entire state!

A few years ago we bought the adjacent property preparing to build a new brewery beside that historic ice house. But while finalizing plans to expand our current location, we came upon an opportunity to acquire a big but dilapidated building in a neighborhood that looks a lot like 11th Street did 13 years ago – and we couldn’t help but consult the old play book.

Now the plan is to move our production brewery equipment to that new location by next January and install a smaller pilot brewing system in our current location where our Brewpub restaurant will remain. The pilot brewing system will enable us to experiment with new recipes and develop small-batch, specialty beers for limited distribution. The new brewery location will have plenty of room for adding many more tanks, upgrading our bottling and kegging equipment, and storing the tons of hops, malt, and packaging materials that go into our unique beers. We are also very excited to dedicate a space the size of our existing brewery solely to the production of our barrel-aged sour beers, which are regarded as some of the finest American examples of these very old Belgian beer styles.

The new location at 301 West Grimes Avenue sits one mile south of our current location and is adjacent to the new B-Line Trail and a huge brown-field railroad switchyard that the City of Bloomington has targeted for restoration into a beautiful park sometime in the next decade. The building is a monument to 1960’s era industrialization, as it was built as a warehouse for RCA television sets, back in the day when our town was a national hub of domestic TV production.

This dinosaur building covers 47,000 square feet on 1.8 acres. It has no heating, cooling or insulation, and sports little in the way of internal improvements other than a couple toilets. The water utility servicing the building dates to 1929, and the poles running along its east side were installed for telegraph wires, not even telephones. Needless to say, we have our work cut out for us. Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan and the City administration (including economic development, planning, and parks departments) have been very supportive, and the McDoel Gardens neighborhood gave our plans a warm reception.

Of course this vision is subject to regulatory approvals and a herculean amount of work from our team, many of whom already work 55 hours every week. But this extra work will give Caleb and crew the opportunity to layout the new brewery in a way that optimizes quality and efficiency, and few of us in the craft beer industry ever have the opportunity to start from a blank slate twice.

We hope the community will rally around this redevelopment project and support our move. 11th Street will always be the hub of our retail business, and maybe we’ll use the extra space to start a little distilling operation or some other related venture one of these days.

One final request: while Upland and the other members of the craft beer fraternity have grown a tremendous amount in recent years, we are still a rounding error in the overall beer market of Indiana, where craft beer represents less than 2% of the total market. Growing breweries are very capital intensive, and none of us are yet making much of a financial profit (and nearly all of us re-deploy any profits back into more and better equipment). Please continue to support local breweries and encourage your friends to try our beers, too!


Doug Dayhoff



“Upland sales have tripled in the past five years, and this rate of growth has been possible because we have re-invested all profits back into the business, maintained modest salaries (thanks to a staff that is more passionate about quality beer than big paychecks), and squeezed capacity out of our original facilities and equipment in a ‘scrappy’ fashion. However, Indiana’s craft beer sales still lag neighboring Wisconsin and Michigan by many multiples, so it’s great to see new breweries opening and helping to encourage consumers to be thoughtful about drinking locally brewed beers and eating locally grown foods.”

“Upland was a pioneer business in the historic Showers Factory neighborhood 13 years ago, and we’re excited to be a pioneer again along the new B-Line corridor. Hopefully we’ll see a rapid change in the properties adjacent to the trail and an explosion in use of the trail for recreation and commuting – our brewery tours are filled with dozens of tourists every weekend, so we can help draw those people south of downtown too.”

“Compared to the large, multinational corporate beer companies, we think we have a very good track record of producing quality, hand-crafted, flavorful beers that are enjoyed responsibly, and of giving back to our communities, including over $40,000 annually in donations to Indiana’s land trust conservation movement, music and arts, and other non-profit organizations.”


“We have experienced steady growth over the past five years, and the writing was on the wall when the last tank we installed stuck out of the roof by four feet. The decision to move the main brewery to a larger site will enable Upland to grow three fold over the next decade in a comfortable manner, with room to add more equipment, stock and organize more inventory, and install fancy lockers for employees’ brewing boots.”

“The renovations and installation of a smaller pilot brewing system at our original location will give the brewing staff the ability to try out new recipes in small batches for our test market, which has always been right on the other side of the Upland bar. That direct feedback influenced what we brew today, and will continue to help figure out what new beers are developed for our fellow Hoosiers in the future.”


“Big Red was Upland's first wholesale customer, and our sales of their beers have grown every year since. This growth has come about due to the dedication of their staff to making high quality craft beers that lead the way in Indiana. We are excited that they are making a further significant investment in their Bloomington facilities which will benefit the community for many years to come”


“This business decision to expand brewery operations in this location is the first tangible sign that the City’s efforts to transform the former rail switchyard into our community’s central park will not only produce an unparalleled recreational amenity for our citizens but will also absolutely spur new economic development activity in the area. It’s never easy for the trailblazer, but their success will be the community’s success and so I am thrilled to be working with this homegrown local business to see how the City can help in its growth.”


“Upland’s brewery expansion in the former RCA Thomson warehouse will continue the tradition of industrial activity at the site, but will also add a new and exciting cultural dimension, one that builds upon the bustle of the B-Line Trail. Without a doubt it will be a catalyst project, a headstart on realizing a new community vision in the area. “

Monday, August 8, 2011

FINALLY!!! B-Line Trail opening ceremony

Save the date! Thursday, September 8. B-Line trail opening ceremony.

Come and celebrate the opening of the B-line trail Septemeber 8 in the old McDoel switchyard. The festivities begin with a parade down the trail that will end at the switchyard at 5:30 pm. Mayor Mark Kruzan, Upland Brewery's Doug Dayhoff as well as city council members will be on hand to give remarks and kick off the the official opening of the trail. Before the speechmaking and revelry begins there will be a parade of bicycles and pedestrians that will begin at 4:00 at Mills Pool which is at the northernmost end of the trail, and will proceed down the trail to the event at the switchyard. There will be five stops along the route where kids can receive raffle tickets for a drawing for two bikes donated by the Bloomington Bicycle Project, as well as bicycle-related merchandise such as helmets and water bottles.

See you there!

Bloomington Community Bike Project coming to McDoel Gardens Switchyard

(from HT online, August 8, 2011.

Completing a bridge isn’t the only work being done at the old McDoel switchyard off Grimes Lane. City workers also are busy cleaning out the former switchyard office to get ready for new occupants.

Mick Renneisen, director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, said part of the building will be used to store an all-terrain vehicle that the Bloomington Police Department will use to patrol the old railyard property. The rest of the space will become a second home for the Bloomington Community Bike Project, an all-volunteer organization that has promoted bicycling and sustainable transportation for many years from a tiny shop at Seventh and Madison streets.

Michael Lindeau, a spokesman for the group, said the addition of a second location will relieve cramped conditions at the downtown location while increasing the group’s visibility in the community.

Bike project volunteers work on donated bikes and pass their knowledge onto others. The group also refurbishes bicycles for sale to the public at a discount price.

Lindeau said the current shop has about 200 square feet of indoor space for bike repair and maintenance, which is why so much activity now seems to take place outside the building. He estimated the group’s part of the railyard building could provide as much as 800 square feet of working area.

“We’re really in a space crunch and have been for a long time,” he said.

Though the digs will be roomier, Lindeau said the group’s core mission will be unchanged: providing mentors for people to learn how to use specialized tools to repair and maintain their bicycles. He said the additional space also will allow the group to offer information about other bicycle services and shops in Bloomington, as well as advocacy for sustainable transportation in general.

Steve Cotter, natural resources manager for parks and recreation, said a use agreement for the railyard building should be ready for the next parks board meeting on Aug. 23. He said the department actively sought a partnership with the group in order to promote bicycling in Bloomington.

“We’re hoping this effort will help move along Bloomington’s attempt to be a platinum-level bicycle community,” he said.

Lindeau said the Bicycle Project intends to have its new shop set up in time for the B-Line Trail completion celebration Sept. 8.

It will be open initially on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with its volunteer staff ready to offer advice and assistance to people using the trail.

Copyright: 2011

Electronics Recycling Day this Saturday

The City of Bloomington invites residents of Bloomington and surrounding communities to the first ever Electronics Recycling program. The city will be accepting all unwanted electronics for recycling. Take advantage of this as we all have unwanted items lingering in our basements and attics. The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, monitors, LCDs, cell phones, printers, scanners, modems, cables, televisions, VCR's, DVD players, camcorders, cameras, gaming systems, telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, fax machines, copiers and postage meters.

For additional information, please contact the Sanitation Department at 349-3443.

WHERE: Sanitation Garage, located at 3406 South Walnut St., just north of the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter.
WHEN: August 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Local First Indiana and Twisted Limb host mixer

Local First Indiana will be gathering at Twisted Limb Paperworks for our August Mixer. Owner Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese will speak briefly about the business, their many sustainability efforts, and working with Options clients. Local First Indiana is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and promoting locally owned independent business by educating the public, facilitating collaboration, and engaging in outreach in order to create a more economically and environmentally sustainable local community, while preserving the unique local character.

Snacks and drinks provided by Twisted Limb Paperworks and Local First Indiana.

Please RSVP at

1122 S. Morton St.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 5:30-7:30pm

Suggested donation: $5

Sunday, July 31, 2011

McDoel Executive Committee election this September

There is an opening on the McDoel Gardens Neighborhood Association Executive Committee. All seats are in fact up for a vote in our September meeting. We need new faces who care about their neighborhood to step up and participate. Please consider running for a place in our 5-person executive committee. Duties and time obligations are limited but critical to the continued success of our neighborhood. Feel free to email any of our present representatives for more information.

Survey for new trees on West Dodds Street

Want more trees planted on W. Dodds? The City of Bloomington Arborist, Lee Huss, has informed us that McDoel Gardens is eligible for new tree plantings in the curb-side tree-plots along W. Dodds St, but we need INPUT from neighbors like you before the city will move forward on the plan. So, W. Dodds residents: would YOU like to see more trees planted in the tree-plot of your street? We will be taking a door-to-door survey soon!!

"Tree Lined Street - Wawaset" painting by Edward Loper 2009.

BPD officer Scott Oldham to speak at next meeting

Bloomington Police officer Scott Oldham will be speaking at the McDoel Gardens August meeting. He will be discussing BPD efforts at neighborhood policing, as well as answering questions from McDoel Gardens residents. The meeting will take place at McDoel Baptist Church, 1008 S. Rogers Street west entrance. August 4 6:30pm.

Image courtesy of HT Online.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Planting trees and shrubs at the new Community Kitchen

We will be planting THIS Saturday the July 16, 8am at the new Community Kitchen which is the former Zucchini Prints on South Rogers Street. We’re hoping to get enough people that we can plant everything (about 100 shrubs & about 25-30 trees) all in a couple of hours before it gets too hot. We would love to have a total of about 20 or so people on Saturday so we can knock it all out. If you have a few shovels or whatever feel free to bring them. Come help make McDoel Gardens more beautiful than it already is!!

(photo courtesy of Bloomington Herald Times)

Thursday, May 26, 2011



We all need to feel a part of our community and to feel the link between the generations who created our town. This session
of the 2011 Leadership Series will feature the neighbors who have lead their communities toward Conservation or Historic District status, and illustrate how historic preservation has created stability, value and relationships among residents. Participants are encouraged to bring items that have been found in their home or yard for “show and tell.” For most of us, historic preservation is as much a personal journey as it is a series of regulations. Come share the stories of your own restoration and discoveries, learn how to research your home and how to ensure your neighborhood’s continued success.

HAND will offer a drawing for a
free Home Energy Audit to one of the participants in each session!

WHEN: THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, 7 TO 9 P.M.

more information contact Vickie Provine
or call 349-3505.

Tornado damage pictures

On both Monday May 23 and Wednesday night May 25 Bloomington was hit by, what we assume was, a tornado. McDoel Gardens was one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the city. I will be posting pictures of some of the houses I have seen so far over the next few days. If you have any photos of damage or stories you want to share, please send me an email at

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rain Barrel Workshop at Harmony School

Details: This is a HANDS-ON workshop where you will be building your own rain barrel with help from knowledgeable community members!

Cost: $25 (includes materials, the rain barrel and a facility donation) For those just watching its FREE!

Contact Emily at in order to enter yourself into the lottery for a discounted rain barrel. A random selection of 29 individuals will receive the discounted barrel and another 10 will be added to the waitlist. Everyone is invited to attend the workshop to learn!!

April 30th from 2-4pm

Harmony School Gym
909 E. 2nd St.

City and Platinum Biking Task Force Hosting Platinum Bike Summit

Bloomington, IN – Mayor Mark Kruzan announced today that the City of Bloomington and the Bloomington Platinum Biking Task Force are hosting a Platinum Bike Summit on April 28, 2011, at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. The Platinum Bike Summit is a public workshop that will focus on strategies formaking Bloomington a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community by 2016.

Bike enthusiasts and other community partners are invited to kick off the Summit with a Platinum Reception at 5:30 p.m. The Summit will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on developing key bicycling priorities for the community to achieve in the near future.

"As we continue to make cycling a priority in Bloomington, it's important we actively involve the community," said Kruzan. "This summit will be an important element of the Task Force's work, and a great wayfor the community to be involved in the direction our city is taking."

The priorities will be structured around the “Five Es” – Evaluation and Planning, Education, Enforcement, Engineering, and Encouragement. The Five Es provide an effective framework to make bicycle transportation a viable and equitable mode of transportation for all community members. The League of American Bicyclists uses the Five E framework as part of its Bicycle Friendly Community Program, a program that Bloomington has participated in since 2003.

"The Platinum Bike Summit is a great way to shift gears and have fun while conducting important civic minded business,” said Dave Rollo, Task Force and City Council member. “This event is a key milestone of the Platinum Biking Task Force’s ongoing efforts as we develop a plan to get Bloomington to Platinum by 2016.”

Rollo is one of seven Task Force members commissioned by the City Council to produce a report and present their findings to the community later this year. The Platinum Bike Summit is the first of several public meetings planned. The Task Force meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at City Hall and all meetings are open to the public.

Additional information about the ongoing efforts of the Task Force is available at

Drinks, snacks, and socializing beginning at 5:30 pm.
Discussion and work sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

...For more information, please contact:
Scott Robinson, Long Range/Transportation Manager, Planning Department, City of Bloomington, 349.3423,

Jared Schlemmer, Communications Director, City of Bloomington, 349.3406,

Monday, April 11, 2011


Find a new way to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” items at the first Community Exchange Spring Swap to be held April 23 at the Showers Building between 9 am and 12 noon. Community members are invited to finish up their spring cleaning by donating good, serviceable and “desirable” items at the Showers Building on Friday night between 5 and 7 pm. Donators will be given a special pass to get into shopping an hour early.

“This is a really fun way to promote re-use of good items others no longer need, to build community, and to educate people about different ways to live an abundant life,” said Rhonda Baird, one of the project members.

Besides the give and take of the swap, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about time banks and sign up for the Bloomington Community Exchange (a local exchange and trading system that lets people offer goods and services to their community without using paper currency).

The swap organizers will not be able to accept intimate apparel, chemicals, paint, or old electronics such as televisions or monitors.

For more information, contact Ann Kreilkamp, or 812.334.1987

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mayor Mark Kruzan announces NeighborLink

One-stop shopping for all neighborhood issues!


In my recent State of the City speech, I outlined an initiative I thought you might find of interest and that I hope will help improve the quality of life for residents in all our community's neighborhoods.

One concern I've heard from neighborhood residents is that they sometimes aren't sure who to contact when there's an issue city government needs to address. For instance, if a sign is vandalized, should a call be placed to the police, Public Works Department, or to the Housing & Neighborhood Development Department?

I'm pleased to announce that the City of Bloomington has established one-stop shopping for all neighborhood issues. We've established a new tool to allow for fast and easy reporting of any and all challenges a neighborhood may face. It's called NeighborLink. NeighborLink is literally a link between neighborhoods and all City departments. This tool will allow for neighbors to communicate with the City in one central way and place. It also will allow City departments to efficiently organize, track and solve issues reported by residents.

Here's how it works: whenever you see an issue that needs to be reported, you can call NeighborLink Coordinator Vickie Provine at 349.3581. Vickie will ensure that your concern is channeled to the right place and followup to make sure it's addressed. You also can visit to describe the situation, leave contact information, or even to upload a photo. Finally, you also can visit NeighborLink using the City of Bloomington's mobile site on your cellphone at .

Please always feel free to let us know what you think of NeighborLink and how we can improve upon it. Thanks for helping to make Bloomington the most livable community possible!

Mayor Mark Kruzan

Image of NEIGHBORLINK courtesy of the city of Bloomington

What Long-Term Projects Should our Neighborhood Take on?

There are a number of long-term projects that the neighborhood could take on. Take a look at the list below and let us know what would be most important to you. If you have other ideas, please do share them!

-Rogers streetscape enhancements
-Patterson landscaping and enhancement
-Allen Street bike boulevard & Safe-to-Schools pathway
-Madison St. south edge cleanup (ASPLUND lot)
-Fairview St. sidewalks
-Fairview St. traffic speed mediation
-Madison St. storm drain and curbs
-Morton St. (b-Line) rezoning (2nd St. to Grimes Ln.)
-B-Line edges rezoning, Grimes Ln. to Tapp Rd.

Please share your comments and ideas with us either at the next neighborhood meeting or by contacting one of the executive committee members.

map image courtesy of the city of Bloomington

Do You Have Ideas for Future Neighborhood Grants?

Every year, our neighborhood applies for grants that allow us to do enhancements and improvements around the neighborhood. Through Neighborhood Assistance Grants and Bloomington Small and Simple grants,we have gotten: limestone planters, benches along Rogers St., street sign toppers, doggie-doo bag dispensers, and the restoration of WPA sidewalks along W. Wylie and W. Dixie. What are your ideas? Share them with us at our next meeting or send your ideas to a neighborhood executive committee member.

Put Your Hat in the Ring!

We need new faces who care about their neighborhood to step up and participate. Please consider running for a place on our 5-person executive committee this summer. Duties and time obligations are limited but critical to the continued success of our neighborhood.

Your McDoel Neighborhood Association Representatives are:

Jack Baker

Jeannie Beyer

Elizabeth Cox-Ash

Matt Press

Jenn Will

Neighborhood Litter Patrol Saturday April 16

McDoel Gardens needs a spring cleaning! Join your neighbors on April 16th for a neighborhood litter patrol. We will be walking the neighborhood picking up debris from the streets and sidewalks. The event runs from 10 AM to noon. We will be meeting at 10 AM at the McDoel Baptist Church, where we will be handing out bags and gloves.

McDoel Baptist Church
1008 South Rogers Street


District and City-wide Candidates to speak to McDoel Gardens residents

The McDoel Gardens Neighborhood Association have invited candidates in the upcoming primary election to speak at
their next meeting. Those invited include the candidates for mayor, city council at-large and the district 5 city council seat.

WHEN: Thurs, April 7th , 6:30 PM

WHERE: McDoel Baptist Church, 1008 S. Rogers St., west entrance.

See you there!