Old Town Companies CEO Justin Moffett said he originally approached Mayor Andy Cook about a development for downtown Westfield at the end of 2017.
“All of us have been paying attention to Westfield and are familiar with the Grand Junction Plaza project, and we believe that would bring a new vibrancy and excitement to what’s already an interesting downtown with the Park Street and some of the new construction activity happening in downtown Westfield,” Moffett said. “We approached Mayor Cook about 15 months ago and just asked him how he would feel about us working on a mixed-use project in the downtown.”
Moffett said he appreciated Cook’s response, which was “yes, but I want it to be something unique to Westfield.”
Moffett said the $30 million mixed-use project, called Union Square at Grand Junction, would be approximately a block north of the Grand Junction Plaza, spanning from where Wolfie’s restaurant is to the Westfield Pharmacy on the corner of Ind. 32 and Union St. It would extend to Jersey Street and feature residential, retail, restaurants and more.
“We have already done multiple different site plans, concept renderings,” Moffett said. “Old Town has met with the Downtown Westfield Association on multiple occasions just to get some feedback.”
Beginning this summer, Moffett said he will seek community input for the project. Old Town Company also has met with all Westfield City Council members.
“They are all aware of it, but they also knew we were kind of waiting to see how the whole park project played out and whether or not it was going to get approved,” Moffett said. “For me, it’s beyond just planning a project and taking it and submitting it to the planning bodies for approval. We really feel this will be a significant landmark in the downtown for the next 100 years.”
Westfield City Council member Jim Ake likes the proposal.
“Building the Grand Junction Plaza is an investment in the future of Westfield. When we voted to support the plaza funding, we knew our finances were strong and our vision was sound,” Ake stated. “The commitment to build Union Square at Grand Junction is validation of our strategy. I am proud to see where we are going and to be a part of it.”
Cook shared Ake’s opinion.
““This is an exciting time to be a part of Westfield. Our downtown is reinventing itself and the private sector is already responding,” Cook stated. “I am hopeful to see where this project will go and how it can benefit our community.”
Moffett previously worked on the Midtown project in Carmel. He said that project became better through community collaboration. If everything goes as planned, Moffett said he expects construction to start in the spring of 2020.