A land trust is taking over a 40-acre wooded property to protect it from development in the midst of two fast-growing suburbs just north of Indianapolis.
The donation to the Central Indiana Land Trust comes from farmer Van Eller, who lived most of his life on the land now surrounded by Fishers and Carmel subdivisions before he died last year at age 89.
The property is on the southeast corner of 116th Street and Eller Road, near Riverside Middle School.
The land trust estimates the property's value at $2 million. It is next to the 77-acre Wapihani Nature Preserve that Eller and another landowner sold to the trust at a discounted price in 2008.
Eller's land was settled by his family in 1831. He was born in a house that still stands on the property, and when he married, he built a second house on the land and lived there with his wife, Betty, until she died in 2007.
More information about the Central Indiana Land Trust is available here.