By Chris Bavender
Little League International will ask for a zoning change at the April 16 Zionsville Plan Commission meeting for its proposed site for its new Central Region Headquarters. The request is to rezone 15 acres at the southwest corner of Whitestown Road and S 875 E from residential to special use. The site is just south of the Zionsville Community High School baseball and softball complex.
Kevin Fountain, director of media relations for Little League International, said the need for the zoning change has been known by all parties since the project was originally discussed.
“The zoning change is required for the project to be completed, because the current zoning status does not allow for recreational/sporting activities. The special use classification will,” he said. “Therefore, the change is being requested in order to move forward with the project.”
If the change is approved, the project is expected to continue on schedule.
“If the change is not approved, the project will be delayed, possibly causing opening of the facility to be deferred,” Fountain said. “Little League International will be monitoring the process closely to assess whether any delays will have an impact on our plans to relocate to Zionsville by summer 2019.”
Fountain said Little League International will be able to share more information on the proposed site, including a preliminary site plan, in the near future.
Zionsville was selected in November 2017 as the new permanent home of the Central Region Headquarters after a 14-month selection process. In its announcement , Little League International said Zionsville offered “adequate facilities, strong infrastructure and a supporting community that appreciates and understands the ideals of Little League.”
The Central Region hosts baseball and softball regional championship tournaments leading up to the Little League World Series as well as other Little League-related activities. The proposed facility will have five new fields and a 2,500-seat stadium.