Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fort Benjamin Harrison Fact Sheet

Location Overview
Fort Benjamin Harrison is located in Lawrence, Indiana approximately 12 miles or 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis. It contains 2,501 acres of which approximately 1,069 acres is covered by woodlands.

Lawrence Village at the Fort is a mixed use urban environment at Fort Benjamin Harrison promoting community and multi-modal transportation methods. The Village is less than 5 minutes from I 465 and State Road 67 in either direction. Over 28,000 cars per day drive past the Village on 56th Street.

Lawrence, Indiana is the 16th largest city in the State of Indiana with a population of 43,000. Lawrence is within Marion County and is located in the more heavily wooded part of northeast Indianapolis near Geist Reservoir.

Education Overview
Ivy Tech Community College: Fall 2009 Student headcount -- 6,000; 42% of the students live within 10 miles of the Lawrence Campus; Daily average attendance -- 1,800 students.

St. Mary's Child Center: Assists at-risk children through day-care and preschool programs; full-time staff and volunteers.

Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township: Serving 16,000 students; 17th largest district in Indiana.

Cathedral High School: Accredited, private high school serving 1,287 students; 95 faculty members.

Business Overview . . . so far . . .
  • Over 60 businesses
  • 6 bank branches
  • 9 restaurants
  • 3 retail shops
  • 2 overnight lodging

Department of Finance & Accounting Services (DFAS): 5,000 employees

Indiana Army Reserve: 85 full time military and civilian employees and 300 part time employees on the weekends.

Indiana National Guard Lawrence Armory: 61 full time soldiers and 397 part time traditional soldiers.

Commissary and Post Exchange: Over 35,000 military personnel, retirees and their families from across the State of Indiana travel to this PX/Commissary for essential goods and services.

Monarch Beverage: Within a mile from the Fort; employs 600 high paying jobs.

Housing Overview . . . within a 5 mile radius of the Fort
  • 541 Neighborhoods totaling over 67,617 homes
  • Average age: 36
  • Average income per household: $50,007
  • Average # of people per square mile: 300
  • Average # of people per household: 2.6

Benjamin Court Apartments: 55 and over senior living apartments; over 400 units; 100% leased.

Harrison Place Apartments: 307 units; 1-3 bedrooms; 94% leased; market rate prices.

Boston Commons: Over 100 single and double adult homes without children with prices ranging between $200,000 and $275,000.

Lawton Loop Condos: Former Ft. Harrison barracks have been renovated into condos with an average price of $350,000.

Standish Estates: Neighborhood along 56th Street with approximately 30 single family homes starting at $175,000. Historic.

Benjamin Commons: Neighborhood with approximately 236 single family homes starting at $139,000.

Greentree at Ft. Harrison Assisted Living: 58 apartments (as of 2/09 only 6 units available.)

Parks & Recreation Overview
Benjamin Harrison YMCA: A 12,252 member YMCA since 1997; 53% female, 57% male; Average daily visits -- 663 people; Employs 175.

Ft. Harrison State Park & Golf Course: Pete Dye-designed golf course rated number 1 in State; horseback riding, hiking, fishing, picnicing, shelters.

Lawrence Soccer Complex: 21 soccer fields; FC Pride is home club with over 400 kids, 62% of whom live outside the Lawrence area. Three tournaments per year bring in over $1 million to the Lawrence economy.

Lawrence Skate Park

Lawrence Junior Football League

Fall Creek Little League

Lawrence Lions Club League

Lawrence 4th of July Festival: Week-long celebration at the Lawrence Community Park. The celebration includes carnival rides, fireworks, food, live bands and a parade.

Indianapolis Marathon and Mini-Marathon: Over 5,000 people from 42 states visit Lawrence each year for the 2 day event.

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