Proposed developments have neighbors worried

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By Karen Kennedy

The Special Studies Committee of the Carmel Plan Commission met on Wednesday night to discuss two items. The meeting was chaired by City council member Kevin “Woody” Rider.

Primrose Preschool of West Carmel

Primrose Schools is seeking approval to rezone three out of four lots, which are part of the Augusta subdivision, from residential to business, along with site plan and design approval for a new preschool. The site is located at 3746 W. 96th St. Attorney Steve Hardin represented Primrose Schools and presented revised plans which incorporated changes requested by the Dept. of Community Services.

Several residents from the area voiced concerns about increased traffic flow and the conflict of school buses sharing the road with semis which have diverted from U.S. 421. Councilor Rider assured the citizens that those concerns would continue to be addressed as the project progressed. The petitions were granted and the proposal will be considered for final approval on July 16 at 6 p.m.

Atapco Properties Redevelopment

Atapco Properties, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., is seeking approval to rezone 34.13 acres of the Carmel Science and Technology Park from manufacturing (M-3) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a mixed-use facility which would include residential, retail and office space. The proposed development is called Carmel Lakeside and is bordered by City Center Drive, Clark Street, Carmel Drive, and Guilford Road. An additional parcel is located south of Carmel Drive which contains the older office buildings commonly referred to as the “bunkers.”

Atapco owns all of the property within the proposed area. The plan calls for a total of 16 apartment buildings (with rents ranging from $900 to $1600,) three office buildings, two mixed-use office/retail/residential buildings and a clubhouse.

This development proposal was first introduced to the public in a neighborhood meeting on June 13.

Over 40 residents attended the meeting to voice their concerns about potential traffic issues related to the development – a few where from the Carmel Station subdivision and many where from Timber Creek condominiums. The Timber Creek residents expressed that it is already extremely difficult to turn safely out of their complex, as their only entrance and exit is directly onto the curve of City Center Drive. They fear that the additional traffic generated by a large, new development across the street will worsen the problem.

Councilor Rider assured the citizens that their concerns would all be taken under consideration, and problems with traffic sightline issues caused by city landscaping were addressed within the meeting. The plan calls for dedicated left turn lanes to be added in both directions on City Center Drive.

The next public meeting regarding the project will take place on Aug. 6.

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