Marsh property could be developed as self-storage, offices, restaurants

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Empty for two years, the former Marsh Supermarket property could be getting a fresh face.

At the July 9 Noblesville Common Council meeting, Andy Wert, a land use professional with Church Church Hittle & Antrim law firm, presented the development plans, representing developer John Doyle, property owners Paul Cozell and Matt Bridges and landscape architect Bill Schmidt with Wiehe Engineers.

The project would revamp the existing building, formerly a Marsh grocery, into a climate-controlled self-storage unit but also would add three out-buildings at 17901 River Rd., Noblesville.

“The land was originally developed in 1992, 1993,” Wert said. “The city was actually quite involved at the time that this was originally developed, not just with the zoning, but River Road and Logan Street both were extended north and west, respectively, as part of this development. Marsh vacated in 2017. It was always a lease situation, so the owners have been examining ways to best utilize this piece of real estate. We are proposing a repurposing the former Marsh Supermarket building into a self storage facility.

“Also part of the application is the development of three out-buildings – a two-story office building at the north end. The other two will likely be restaurants, possibly a retail user. We do not currently have any users for these buildings, but our market research indicates that there is a demand for these uses in this area.”

Wert said the self-storage facility is unique in that it has no garage doors and that access to the storage units are indoor.

The retail stores at the south edge of the property that face Ind. 32 will remain as they are, Wert said. Currently, the strip houses business like Crown Liquors, KC Nails, a pharmacy, barber shop and a Chinese restaurant, among others. A Village Pantry gas station and convenience store is on the property’s southeast corner, facing the Ind. 32 and River Road intersection. In addition, the retail space attached to the Marsh building is home to Maria’s Mexican Restaurant and a dance and gymnastics studio.

Significant landscaping features also would be added, but with landscaping features and the proposed three additional buildings, the overall number of parking spaces would  decrease.

“When we develop this into the next step, we’ll absolutely have a parking analysis,” developer John Doyle said. “Our parking analysis will (likely) indicate that we’re going to be over parked. Self-storage requires very little parking, so these three out-buildings will have more parking than they require.”

“Hopefully, this proposal speaks for itself,” Wert said. “We believe it presents a much-improved face for this area.”

Because the project was only introduced, the council took no action.

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