Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals continues Lucas estate hearing


Many Carmel residents filled the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting room for a hearing regarding the Lucas Estate Appeal July 23 but left shortly after the meeting began without seeing the hearing come to fruition.

Although it was the first item on the docket, the BZA agreed to wait another month before deciding on a solution between the city and the Lucas family.

Last fall, the BZA denied a variance request filed by Lucas Oil Company founder Forrest Lucas for events to be held at the Lucas Estate, 1143 E. 116th St. The request was to allow semi-public events at the estate, such as weddings. Although the BZA denied the requests, the City of Carmel has continued to receive complaints from neighbors of the Lucas Estate about the parties.

John Molitor, the BZA’s legal counsel, told the BZA that the family requested a continuance to the hearing in order for the family and city to solve the issue with the assistance of a mediator. Molitor asked the board to approve the continuance, but to not wait any longer than one month to do so.

The board agreed to continue the hearing until its Aug. 27 meeting.

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