Proposal could bring 244 apartment units to Grand Park Village

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A new multi-family proposal could bring 244 market-rate apartment units to Grand Park Village if approved. CharlesTowne, proposed by Henke Development Group and Freeman Development Corp., is the name of a multi-family development that was presented to the Advisory Plan Commission Sept. 4.

The development would allow for Monon Trail and Grand Park Village lake frontage. It would feature a resort-style pool, clubhouse, business center, fitness center, urban gardening opportunities along the Monon trail, swings near the waterfront and a boardwalk.

A public hearing was held, but no one from the public spoke. APC members expressed enthusiasm for the project, specifically the parking and garage availability. The apartments would face outward, with the parking and garage enclosed in the interior of the development.

The proposal would allow for 1 1/2 parking spaces per each one-bedroom unit, two parking spaces per each two-bedroom and three parking spaces per each three-bedroom apartment.

“As part of our review of this proposal, we actually like the parking standards better than our ordinance,” said Matt Skelton, director of economic and community development. “They’re actually more conventional and relevant. Ours are out of date with modern development.”

If approved, construction would begin next summer and be complete by 2020.

Multiple APC members voiced support for the project.

“I think this is an awesome project. I’m really excited to see you here and building apartments in our community,” member Chris Woodard said. “There’s a lot of good there.”

APC member Andre Maue agreed.

“I just really like the outward-facing design,” he said.

Several other projects went before the APC during its meeting, including a public hearing for an amendment to the Andover planned unit development. No one from the public spoke.

The amendment would allow for a continuation of the existing Lakes of Westfield neighborhood at 18377 Shady Nook Rd. The amendment would increase the Andover planned unit development by 22 acres and requests an increase in the number of permitted dwelling units. Homes would range from $375,000 to $600,000, with an average of $480,000.

If approved, construction would begin next spring with a completion date of fall 2019.

Because no one spoke at the public hearing, the APC voted for the development and sent it to city council with a favorable recommendation, 8-0.

The next APC meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Westfield City Hall, 130 Penn St. For more, visit westfield.in.gov.

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