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Survey for Article: Greater Lafayette Magazine Story – New Chauncey Historic District Turning 10 Years Old

We were contacted by Bradley Oppenheim from Greater Lafayette Magazine  regarding a story about the New Chauncey Historic District turning 10 years old.  The survey of his questions are linked below.  He would like responses in by the May 20th.

We know the New Chauncey neighborhood’s view on the historic district is as varied as the residents themselves and would appreciate hearing your perspective.

The article will be printed and therefore you must include your name and a method of contact in the event that Bradley wants to follow-up.

Feel free to answer as many questions as you want.

Survey about the New Chauncey Historic District

Helpers Needed for Daylily Gardens Caretaking

2022 New Chauncey Daylily Helpers
New Chauncey Neighbors (left to right) Jenny Brown, Nate and Mike Eriksen, Jan Tipton and John McLaughlin pause from rejuvenating the garden plot at the intersection of Rose and Robinson Streets. Help is needed for the 2023 growing season to maintain the daylily gardens in our neighborhood.

Did you know that the daylily image on our New Chauncey street signs represents the Stella d’Oro daylilies in our intersection gardens?

Our daylily garden corners have been growing for many years in the New Chauncey Neighborhood.  They were started with private funds and labor with the city’s permission.  Over the years, pedestrian traffic, lawn mowers and other factors have caused us to lose some of the garden plots.  At present we have daylily garden plots located at 7 intersections in the neighborhood. 

A commitment from a few more dedicated residents can help ensure that the plots we have can thrive.  The job involves tending one or more corner gardens during the growing season, pulling out weeds and keeping the gardens looking their best.  On average, each small garden may need 15-20 minutes of attention every 2 weeks during the growing season.  “Time-sharing” a garden between neighbors is fine if needed. 

If you have questions or would like to help during the 2023 growing season, please call Carl Griffin at 765-743-8087.   Funds are also needed and welcome for purchasing new plant stock for some of the gardens.

21st Annual Halloween Parade

Join neighbors at 2:45pm on Sunday, October 30th, for a fun filled New Chauncey tradition.

Everyone will be meeting up around 2:45pm at the intersection of Rose and Lincoln St. to register your costume. Neighbors will parade down to Lincoln Park, starting at 3pm.

Hot chocolate will be available.

Goody bags will be provided for the youngest 48 entrants.

NCNA Annual Meeting, October 24th, 2022

Monday, October 24
5:30pm Setup [All are welcome to help]
6:00pm Start
7:45pm End and Teardown [All are welcome to help]

Elm Room, West Lafayette Public Library

Join Neighbors and various officials from around the City at our 2022 Annual Meeting.

  • Police Chief Troy Harris
  • Fire Chief Jeff Need
  • Code Enforcement Officer Rick Walker
  • Ashley Darnell from Off Campus Student Housing at Purdue
  • Director of Development Erin Easter
  • West Lafayette Community School Corporation Board of Trustees President Rachel Witt

Jimmy John’s will provide snacks.

Planning Meeting for 2022 Annual Meeting

Sunday, September 18th, 2022
2pm EST
705 North Chauncey Avenue (Home of Catherine Grossman)
[no remote option at present]
All are welcome

The agenda is to work on preparations for our 2022 Annual Meeting to be held in October. The date has not been finalized.


NCNA met at the home of Catherine Grossman and Stan Alexander at 705 N Chauncey on Sept. 18.  

Present: Jean Sullivan, Dannny Weiss, Peter Bunder, Linda Eales, Paul Bower, Deb Dierckman and Catherine Grossman.

The annual meeting will be held on October 24, 6-8 at the WL Library.  Food will be served.  We will meet city officials, have a chance to ask questions and learn what the NCNA is all about and how it can help our neighborhood.

More information about the Annual Meeting will be coming.

NCNA Meeting, July 31st, 2022

Neighbors have organized another New Chauncey Neighborhood Association (NCNA) Meeting. All are welcome.

Sunday, July 31st, 2022
2pm EST
705 North Chauncey Avenue (Home of Catherine Grossman)
[at present, there isn’t a remote option]

Can’t make the meeting? Send us your ideas, questions, or comments via our contact form.

Agenda of Topics

Below are the currently slated items.  Please bring your ideas, along with other topics for discussion and action. References are below.

  1. What support does the NCNA need from the City?
  2. What is the current status of the New Chauncey Housing, Inc organization?  How can NCNA and NCHI work together?
  3. How can we ensure that the upcoming redistricting efforts by the City ensure New Chauncey remains a community of interest? [See below for more details. This may be solved already.]
  4. How can the NCNA work with the Joint Board to collaborate on neighborhood and City projects?


New Chauncey Housing, Inc

Mission:  Low income housing and neighborhood stabilization in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Sadly, their old website is down:
Previous 990 Filings
Latest Filing:  2019 990 Filing


Current redistricting proposals for August 1st City Council Meeting.  Both possibilities show a District 2 that covers New Chauncey.

District 2 is the orange. It appears that the layout is the same for Possibility #1 and #2.

Joint Board

From the City’s Website: The City of West Lafayette and Purdue created the Joint Board in order to provide a consistent and equitable mechanism to address issues that arise in the future regarding this Interlocal Cooperation Agreement and its interpretation and implementation, as well as the implementation of the Annexation.  The Joint Board is composed of three members from each of the parties appointed by the responsible executive of each party.

RENEW: New Chauncey Neighborhood Association

UPDATE 2:  Please share your input and feedback regarding the neighborhood via our survey.

UPDATE 1:  You can now attend and participate virtually at this meeting.

You can join via this Microsoft Team’s link. The meeting requires a Microsoft account.  I have requested Guests without an account be allowed for this meeting. -ZB

This following event is being organized by Peter Bunder and Jean Sullivan:
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022 AT 7:00 PM EDT
The Bean Room, Margerum City Hall, 222 N. Chauncey Ave.
With the pandemic at an end, it is probably time for us to renew the New Chauncey Neighborhood Association.
The upcoming redistricting in advance of the 2023 city election is an important issue for us as we try and maintain New Chauncey as a “community of interest” that should be noted by the city council.
Issues like noise, trash, occupancy, and code enforcement were once discussed on a regular basis with city officials. We need to do that again.
Have we gained anything from the urbanization of Chauncey Village?
I suspect he arrival of “short term rentals” and their regulation would be another likely conversation topic.
We need to be aware of the evolving “West Lafayette Enrichment Corporation”, a 501-3c that could serve as “the Entity” we have often imagined helping to fund neighborhood revitalization.
We need to develop an organizational structure that can be identified both by our neighbors and city government.
Toward this end, Jean Sullivan and I have booked “The Bean” in Margerum City Hall for Tuesday June 14th. at 7:00pm. for a meeting we are calling the “New Chauncey Neighborhood Association Renew”.
We hope to see you there.

14th Annual Soup N’ Dance

Join neighbors, family, and friends for New Chauncey’s biggest event, the 14th annual Soup & Square Dance on Friday, Jan. 31st from 6 to 8:30pm pm at the old Happy Hollow Elementary School, now the Happy City Hollow.

Please park in the west side lot, and enter through the main entrance (south side).  Check-in at the front desk, take a right at the 1st hallway and walk all of the way down.  The cafeteria is on the left.

Entertainment will include LIVE MUSIC and family-oriented square dancing for all. You don’t have to square dance if you don’t want to, but we know we’re going to have fun at it (even though most of us are only beginners)!

The cost to rent the room, pay the musicians, and everything else for the event is around $600. The New Chauncey Neighborhood Association would appreciate a donation to help offset the cost. The suggested amounts are $5 per individual or $15 per family. You can also send money via PayPal.

Please bring a soup, bread/butter/cornbread/rolls, a fruit/veggie tray, or dessert to serve 10+ people. The more the merrier!

Drinks and paper goods provided. Along with power strips for the soup (if you’re bringing a crockpot).

Please let us know if you will be bringing food and/or if you are able to help setup for the event around 5pm.

RSVP by January 29th (so we have an approx. # attending).  You can do this via the evite, which is sent to our newsletter list. If you are not currently a subscriber, please sign-up and we can get one sent out to you.

Are you a photographer? Please share your photos from the event so we can post them on our web site. Thank you!

20th Annual Halloween Parade


Another great day for the 20th Annual Halloween Parade. Here are some pictures we took. If you have any you would like to share, please send them along.

Come join the FUN of the 20th Annual Halloween Parade! Everyone is invited to this event. This is your chance to see our neighborhood kids in their awesome costumes! We will parade on Lincoln St. from Rose St. to the Park. This will allow for great photo shoots!

Please arrive by 2:45pm. We will start our parade to Lincoln Park at 3pm.

Help us spread the word!