Mixed-use rezone proposed for ailing Carmel shopping center

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The Carmel Plan Commission will review a request at its Jan. 21 meeting to rezone the Hamilton Crossing retail center for a mixed-use development.

The 14 acre site at the southeast corner of Meridian Street and Carmel Drive contains Hampton Inn, an empty former restaurant building and the retail center, which has become increasingly vacant in recent years. Kite Realty owns the retail center and restaurant building.

The Carmel Redevelopment Commission is planning to be involved in the project. Carmel officials declined to discuss plans for the site.

“We are taking steps to ensure it can be redeveloped in a way that benefits Carmel residents and our business community,” Carmel spokesman Dan McFeely said.

According to documents filed with the city, there is not a specific building or site plan proposed for the site. The rezoning from the Meridian Corridor District to a Mixed-Use District is an early step to prepare it for redevelopment.

In 2016, Kite Realty Group proposed tearing down the retail center and replacing it with a 50,400-square-foot entertainment complex featuring a movie theater and bowling alley. But those plans were dropped, and several tenants have left the site in recent years, including J. Razzo’s and Max & Erma’s restaurants.

Remaining tenants include Le Peep, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Chase Bank. Current has reached out to Kite Realty for comment.

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