Christian Brothers Automotive proposed on site once planned for new Walmart

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Christian Brothers Automotive is seeking to open an auto service shop in west Carmel on a site once expected to be the home of a new Walmart.

The Houston-based company is proposing a 4,896-square-foot building on 1.23 acres on the west side of Michigan Road between W. 106th Street and Bennett Parkway.

The site is part of nearly 23 acres that sparked a 10-year legal battle between Walmart and the Town of Zionsville, culminating in 2016 when a Boone County Superior Court judge reversed the Zionsville Plan Commission’s 2008 decision to deny Walmart’s plans to build.

Walmart officials said in 2017 that they would not pursue a store at that location, citing a changed retail landscape since the store was first proposed. Walmart listed the 22.74 acres for sale with a price tag of $7.5 million in 2017.

Last year, the Town of Zionsville approved plans for the Aria apartments on the north side of the Walmart parcel. Walmart’s land straddles the Hamilton and Boone county line, and the auto repair shop is proposed in Hamilton County within Carmel’s jurisdiction.

Officials from Walmart and Christian Brothers Automotive did not respond to requests for comment.

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