Meridian Street Preservation Commission
Land use along the western edge of the neighborhood is greatly influenced by the Meridian Street Preservation Commission (MSPC). In 1971 the Meridian Street Preservation Act (Indiana Statute PL 260-1971) created the MSPC. Within the boundaries of the Meridian Street preservation district the commission is charged with the task of preserving from deterioration and improperly conceived or implemented change the “historic, scenic, esthetically pleasing, and unique part of a street lying within Indianapolis constituting the backbone of a unique residential area.”
The MSPC consists of a nine-member board, seven of whom are appointed by the Governor of Indiana and two by the Mayor of Indianapolis. The Commission is chaired by a representative of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development. The Commission meets monthly.
The MSPC’s jurisdiction is split into a Primary Area and a Secondary Area. Property owners in the Primary Area must have proposed modifications of the exterior features of their house and property approved by the Commission prior to beginning any work. This includes construction, reconstruction, alterations or demolitions (See Appendix A). Property owners in both the Primary and Secondary Areas who seek a re-zoning or a zoning variance must receive the approval of the MSPC before their case may be heard by the Metropolitan Development Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals.