Brainard: New developments ahead

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Mayor Jim Brainard joked at the annual State of the City Address Wednesday that many in attendance probably thought he would be out of new things to say. But that wasn’t the case.

During his 15th address, Brainard provided a look back at Carmel’s recent history of major developments and laid out plans for more projects that could be on the horizon.

Carmel City Center

“Now is the time to finish City Center,” Brainard said. The remaining work on the development includes the construction of what is expected to be a four-star hotel. The facility is tentatively named The Georgian and very few details are concrete. Condominiums and apartments also are planned for sometime in the future, as is a separate building to store the materials preserved by The Michael Feintsein Foundation, Brainard said.

Arts & Design District

PNC Bank rendering

Brainard said the city is in talks with PNC Bank to create a new development at the northeast corner of Main St. and Range Line Rd., where a PNC branch sits today. Tentative plans include a multi-story structure containing a new PNC office on the ground floor and “either offices or living spaces above,” Brainard said.

Midtown

The city is creating plans to redevelop about a four-block stretch on 3rd Ave. SW to better connect City Center and the arts district. The area, called “Midtown,” will consist of a number of new projects including a park surrounding a 750,000-gallon water tower.

“You can’t hide anything that big,” Brainard said. “So what we decided to do is make it a focal point.”

Brainard added that current renderings of this park call for water to flow from the tower into four pools. “If you were on the Monon you actually would pass underneath that water flow,” he said.

Road construction

Carmel hasn’t seen the end of major road construction, according to Brainard. He said the city and City Council plan to begin work on Illinois St. in 2012, extending it south of 116th St.

Brainard also said he would like to, though not necessarily in 2012, extend 96th St. west the Meridian Street Corridor, which he said could relieve traffic congestion during rush hours.

Other announcements
Brainard also gave the following updates during his address:
Periculum Capital Company will relocate to Carmel from Indianapolis, likely moving its headquarters in November.
The city is working with Duke Energy on Brainard’s long-term plan of burying every power line in the city, something he said only a few U.S. cities have done.
Carmel is working “closer than ever before” with Indiana’s Dept. of Transportation to move all, or the majority, of the work in Carmel on U.S. 31 to 2014, Brainard said. He added that the city would like the INDOT-controlled road to look and feel like Keystone Parkway when completed.

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