A wildlife-friendly business park

October 30, 2007
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AmeriPlexHolladay Properties and the Indiana Wildlife Federation plan to dedicate the state's first "Certified Wildlife-Friendly Development" at an event tomorrow. The 1,500-acre AmeriPlex Business Park, southwest of the Airport, won the designation by providing woodlands, prairies and wetlands to attract wildlife. Requirements include several sources of food for animals, water features such as lakes and streams, mature trees or burrows so animals can raise their young and sustainable management practices like reduced mowing and the removal of invasive plant species. More AmeriPlex photos are here. What do you think?
  • Awesome! Love the concept helps instill environmental stewardship for some of these large landconsumption business and warehouse parks.
  • I guess this is a good compromise. Just guessing, but I
    suspect this was prime natural habitat before it was developed.
    Intech park has some natural areas, but I don't believe it has a
    designation as such.
  • I've actually been to that business park........they have small signs telling you about the native plants that they use for landscaping and plenty of walking trails.......
  • With the present city administration destroying green space and habitant, it is great to see a developer take the initiative to provide a mixed-use industrial park with a real park like atmosphere. I look forward to the opportunity to see the project firsthad.
  • It is a great idea to preserve the natural environment. Most
    developers are destroying the natural habitat without blinking an eye.
    It is nice how you can incorporate business and wildlife.
  • About damn time!
  • I've been out there. This place is really beautiful.
  • This is fantastic. It is a HUGE step in the right direction, ESPECIALLY, for the southwest side. Part of the problem is I don't think developers have seen you CAN build on ex-cornfield land AND be friendly to the environment. I would love to see some of the other peri-airport developments do this. Just because you have to keep things short, doesn't mean you have to keep things barren.

    Ameriplex, though, had the advantage of a HUGE area of land that was mostly open fields already. Is it possible to do this with the stripmall + outlots developments that plague Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield, and Mooresville? Is it possible to do this in an area that was mostly occupied by forest rather than open fields? And if it IS possible, how do you get developers to do it? I'm not sure we can, seeing as how developers in these areas don't seem interested in even just making their developments LOOK nice, much less environmentally friendly.
  • Kudos
  • Wild applause for Holladay Properties!!

    (And I am sure that Intech could do the same, if they are so inclined.)

    Holladay has a long history of working with the township government and increasing the property values which is reducing the tax burden on the homeowners. But you'd never know any of this if you talk to the old-timers from Camby and watch them belly-ache at zoning variance hearings, where they have fought this developer on and on...
  • Finally, an instance where preserving green space makes sense. This is nothing like that blank hill along the canal that people complained is being developed. This is ACTUAL green space, which preserves the natural beauty of an environment, while melding it with industrial growth.

  • I had the chance to attend the dedication today. The folks at Holladay should be proud.
  • Great job! Working places can coexist with nature. Would be nice to see others take steps in this direction before most of the area is impervious surface. Other locations, such as research triangle park in North Carolina have been doing this successfully for a long time.

    I would think rental, resale and productivity are potential benefits.
  • When I use to drive through that area to get to work, I loved the Atmosphere and wildlife. It always relaxed me before work and after to see wildlife like this. In this past summer, I would open my window and listen to the sounds and look out as I would drive to enjoy the fresh air. I am glad that they are doing this to improve the quality of life around there. I hope that other businesses parks will do the same so we will have a better tomorrow.
  • If you're going to develop land at all, then certainly there are ways to do it that are more gentle than others. But looking at the big picture: Wouldn't it be more sustainable if this land was left undeveloped and everyone working in those buildings instead worked in downtown office towers?

    I'm just sayin'. I mean it seems like a nice development in itself, but is this mode of development - large parcels, outside the main urban area, only accessible by car - even a good idea in the first place?
  • If Ameriplex is largely oriented toward transportation, distribution, and logistics, then those activities definitely needs to be out on the edges of town (as Park 100 used to be) to keep the heavy truck traffic off the city streets and the interstate inner-loop. There's a lot of cubic feet for every worker in those industries...density isn't possible as with office uses.
  • Congrats Holladay Properties for stepping up to the plate, maybe other developers will hop on the band wagon and make some green space in those warehouse districts.

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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

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