Zionsville RDC says ‘no’ to Scoop incentive

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By James Feichtner

The Zionsville Redevelopment Plan Commission meeting on Sept. 22 began with old business with several updates on the status of projects within the redevelopment area including the FedEx building, Bites, Rosie’s Place construction and the expansion of Greek’s Pizzeria.

Other updates concerned the reports on the Creekside Corporate Parks wetlands area as well as the 106th street road and road signal projects.

A micro-loan request of $25,000 was approved for Moody’s butcher shop. The loan will be used for relocation costs to move from the shop’s current location off Michigan Road road near Weston Pointe Shoppes. Their new Zionsville store will be located on Cedar Street.

Among the old business items, the group discussed an update on the Creekside Business Plan Committee and a discussion for future marketing plans for Creekside Corporate Park.

With new business items, the group discusses an incentive request from The Scoop ice cream parlor in town, which opened on Main Street in June. This money would be used to make changes to the parlor’s building. Commissioners struggled with the approval of the incentive since the project had already been completed, and many times incentive monies are given to projects not yet completed.

President Luke Phenicie showed concern in what an approval would mean for other established businesses looking to request new incentives.

“This is something new, that at least I’ve never seen, on the RDC, and that is an incentive request for a project that’s been completed,” Phenicie said. “To me it’s not so much about The Scoop as it is about what kind precedent are we going to send as a committee for all requests like this.”

Committee members Katie Culp and Craig Anderson shared Phenicie’s concerns.

“I think once we open the door to relaxing that policy influence I think that it becomes problematic because where do you draw the line when applicants come with projects that have been done for a year or so?” Culp said. “We have limited funds and we need to act as financial stewards for the community.”

Anderson said he doesn’t know how they can approve something that’s already been done.

“I wish we had this [incentive]months ago because we would have done something, but now if we allow this we’re going to open a floodgate,” Anderson said. “How do we say no to the next company.”

The request for the incentive was not approved.

The next meeting of the RDC Commission will be at 6:30 p.m., on Oct. 27.

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