CRG Residential, in business for 25 years, is based in Carmel, IN. CRG focuses solely on the multi-family housing industry. We build and renovate apartment homes and have an exteriors division that specializes in roofing, siding and fenestration product installation or replacement.
What neighborhood do you live in?
Our office is at 805 City Center Drive in Carmel, IN but CRG performs work nearly everywhere east of the Mississippi and in a few points west. Although our crews are spread far and wide we do a substantial amount of work right in our back yard. CRG Residential had been performing exterior work for a number of years before undertaking their first major multi-family interior renovation at 110 W. Washington St in downtown Indianapolis. In partnership with a local multi-family developer, CRG completed a number of condominium projects including Lockerbie Terrace, Mill no.9 I & II, Meridian Arch, and College Court Condominiums in Broad Ripple. Over the past few years CRG has completed renovation work for the Indianapolis Housing on nearly 600 units and earlier this fall wrapped up construction at 16 Park Apartments, a new community that took the place of the old Caravelle Commons complex at 16th Street and Park Ave.
What is the most inspiring place in Indianapolis?
The most inspiring place in Indianapolis is wherever we are working. We meet so many people with unique stories who have triumphed in the face of adversity. CRG often times hires residents of the neighborhood where our construction projects are located. Seeing the sense of pride and accomplishment as these workers help transform their community is very inspiring.
How long have you supported Keep Indianapolis Beautiful?
We’ve been familiar with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for a number of years and have worked alongside one another at times during the downtown condominium boom but until now had never been involved directly. CRG was looking for a project that we could do as a team instead of simply donating funds. It’s important to give back to the community and it’s important to build relationships internally. The Building Blocks project at Singleton and Beecher was the perfect project for us since it involved some construction work.
Why do you support KIB?
KIB is a well-organized group with a singular mission that we at CRG believe in. We like how they involve the members of the community where they are working on projects and coordinate effort so that everyone has a sense of ownership in the project.
What impact do you feel that the work with KIB has on the community?
KIB projects have an extremely positive impact on the community. At Beecher and Singleton, where a once weed filled lot stood, will be a place where children can play and families can gather. It will undoubtedly build a stronger community. We had the privilege of meeting George, a business owner in that neighborhood. He kindly allowed us the use of his space for lunch and took care of our group throughout the day. We enjoyed getting to know him and the history of the neighborhood. The stories of the people that live there now and the generations of people that came before are the fiber that knits the neighborhood. The park creates a space for residents of that area to get to know each other.
What else are you involved in within the community?
Historically CRG has provided contributions to a number of local charities and the Indianapolis Chapters of larger organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Inc., the American Cancer Society and others. The project with KIB was our second opportunity to do a day of service with our staff and we look forward to this being part of our culture at CRG. Going forward we plan to participate in out of the office projects like this at least a couple of times a year and will work with our staff members to identify and serve the community in various ways between larger projects, whether it be a canned food drive, or sponsoring a staff-member Relay for Life team. Together we can achieve more and our co-workers have a lot of fantastic ideas on how we can give back.
Why would you encourage others to support KIB?
It’s a fun organization to work with and what they do makes a difference. When you meet the KIB team members, one quickly notices that they feel more like a family and friends than co-workers. At the end of the day on a KIB project you can physically see the difference you’ve made which provides a great sense of accomplishment. KIB has so many projects to choose from and so many different parts within the process. They are inclusive to all, appreciative of the help, and have something that speaks to each volunteer’s unique talent and skill. They even brought us hot chocolate with marshmallows to us at the jobsite while we spread mulch, in the sleet, snow, and rain. They were amazing and so thoughtful.
If you were describing KIB to a friend, what three words would you use?
Outdoor, Fun, Friends