The Delaware County Historical Society is thrilled to announce that we have succesfully completed the final phase of the ScoutMuncie survey project. In Fall 2016, the DCHS partnered with the Muncie Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission (MHPRC) and the Delaware County GIS Department to complete the remainder of the ScoutMuncie survey project. ScoutMuncie is a comprehensive survey to document every property in the city of Muncie including property conditions, occupancy, and architectural character. ScoutMuncie was created to address data challenges around blighted areas of the city and the results will help the DCHS, city officials, and neighborhood associations make informed decisions about planning, blight elimination, and historic preservation.
ScoutMuncie was initiated in 2015 by the MHPRC, which was able to complete 40% of the survey in three months with an all-volunteer workforce comprised primarily of Ball State University students and faculty. The MHPRC was determined to finish this project using a paid surveyor model and approached the DCHS to be the lead agency to manage the project to completion. With generous grants from the Muncie Redevelopment Commission and the Ball Brothers Foundation, and a small team of dedicated surveyors, the DCHS completed the survey project in January 2017!
The results of the survey were presented to the Muncie community at the 2017 Muncie Neighborhoods I.D.E.A. Conference held on March 4, 2017 at the Ball State University Student Center. These results are summarized in a final report prepared by the Muncie Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission.