Westfield planning $6.8M, 20-acre expansion of Simon Moon Park, adding lake and nature preserve
A $6.8 million expansion project at Simon Moon Park in Westfield is expected to bring educational and recreational upgrades to the park that will include transforming two former wastewater lagoons into a recreational lake.
The city announced Tuesday that the first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in April. The park at 3044 E. 171st St. will be expanded from 5.8 acres to 25.3 acres when the two-phase construction project is complete.
First-phase upgrades to the park will include a parking lot expansion, fishing piers, boardwalks, a bridge and a reengineered sledding hill. Plans for the second phase include a new playground, an outdoor education classroom and an additional shelter. A timeline for the second phase has not been determined.
M/I Homes of Indiana planning project with 190 townhomes in Noblesville
An Indianapolis-based homebuilder has submitted plans to build a community of 190 for-sale townhomes on the east side of Noblesville.
M/I Homes of Indiana is looking to build the development, called Townes on 238, on 26.7 acres north of Greenfield Road/State Road 238, east of Promise Road and south of East 156th Street. The development would be about 2-1/2 miles from Ruoff Music Center.
The developer is asking the Noblesville City Council to rezone the property from R1 Residential District to the Townes on 238 Planned Unit Development.
Jon Dobosiewicz, an attorney with the Carmel-based law firm Nelson & Frankenberger, told the city council on Tuesday night that the two- and three-story townhomes would range from 1,500 square feet to 2,050 square feet with a price range of $290,000 to $350,000.
Kilwins confectionary and ice cream shop to open in Fishers
Fast-growing confectionary and ice cream retail chain Kilwins has chosen Fishers for its second Indianapolis-area shop, the Petoskey, Michigan-based company announced Thursday.
Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Inc. said the Fishers shop is expected to open this fall at The Yard at Fishers District. The shop occupy 1,200 square feet in a 33,000-square-foot multi-tenant building under construction at 11594 Whistle Drive, just south of East 116th Street.
The shop will be operated by franchisees Adam and Kirstyn Kallick of Fishers.
Main Street is the center of the action. It's where people gather and where business takes place.
A cooperative of central Indiana communities wants to expand the impact of Main Street via walkable districts to attract residents and boost innovative development. Think the Arts & Design District and Midtown in Carmel, the Nickel Plate District in Fishers, or Mass Ave and the Bottleworks District in Indianapolis.
The Central Indiana Regional Development Authority is putting Main Street front and center in its bid for a piece of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s second round of Indiana Regional Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) grants totaling $500 million.
CIRDA plans to submit a $75 million grant application by the IEDC's Feb. 23 deadline with the theme "Main Street Matters," to invest in walkable and connected districts to link arts, culture and recreation.
The IEDC will announce READI 2.0 recipients in April and begin working with regions in May to identify specific economic development and quality-of-place projects.
Bill that targets Blue Line clears Indiana Senate, casting doubt on planned bus route
Despite pleas from Democratic lawmakers, the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate voted to advance legislation Monday that public transit advocates say would kill the planned Blue Line bus rapid transit route in Indianapolis.
The Republican-controlled chamber voted 35-14 along mostly party lines to send Senate Bill 52 to the House, where House Speaker Todd Huston, R-Fishers, has indicated he is willing to hear the legislation.
Five Republican lawmakers sided with Democrats in opposing the bill. They were Sens. Ron Alting, Eric Bassler, Vaneta Becker, Travis Holdman and Kyle Walker.
Bill to undo Mile Square property tax passes House with support from Speaker Todd Huston
The Indiana House approved legislation Tuesday that would take away the city of Indianapolis' ability to impose a fee on downtown property owners to help pay for the operating costs of a homeless shelter and various improvements in the city's Mile Square, a mechanism authorized by the Legislature just a year ago.
The Republican-controlled House voted 64-29, mostly along party lines, to send House Bill 1199, authored by Rep. Julie McGuire, R-Indianapolis, to the Senate.
The bill would repeal a law the Republican-dominated Legislature approved last year in the waning hours of the legislative session that gave Indianapolis city government the authority to create an economic enhancement district, which the Democrat-controlled City-County Council voted to approve in December.
Westfield revisits plans for Monon Trail tunnel at busy 161st Street
Westfield is renewing plans for an underpass that would allow Monon Trail users to cross under East 161st Street, three years after former members of the City Council voted to pause the tunnel project.
The underpass, less than a half-mile west of U.S. 31, would replace a $122,000 signalized crosswalk—called a HAWK system—that was installed in 2021 after the Westfield City Council balked at spending the money needed to build the tunnel project. The council had spent nearly a year debating whether to resume work on the tunnel or implement another approach.
Westfield Director of Public Works John Nail told the Westfield City Council on Monday that Mayor Scott Willis instructed him to move forward with the tunnel project. The city resumed working with Indianapolis-based United Consulting Engineers to design and plan the tunnel.
City to spend $2.1M on trail to connect justice campus to downtown
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works plans to build a $2.1 million trail along Southeastern Avenue to connect the Twin Aire neighborhood and the city's Community Justice Campus with downtown.
Construction of the multi-use trail began this week and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. It will stretch for just over one mile—about 5,452 feet—along the north side of Southeastern Avenue from Washington Street to Leeds Avenue, near Rural Street.
"This trail will serve as a critical route for people who walk or bike into Downtown from neighborhoods on the near-southeast side," Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a media release. "But it also looks ahead to provide easy pedestrian access to developments at Twin Aire Shopping Plaza and the old drive-in. Combined, these efforts are giving more choice and freedom of movement to neighbors on the southeast side."