Ag-oriented retailer eyes new Westfield development

November 7, 2013
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Tractor Supply Co. plans to move its Westfield store next year from U.S. 31 to a new development planned for State Road 32 just east of Spring Mill Road.

Dubbed Springmill Pointe, the nine-lot commercial park will occupy about 21 acres in the Maple Knoll planned unit development.

The property is bordered by undeveloped land to the north and west, existing businesses to the east, and the Pine Ridge Subdivision to the south.

Westfield Investment Co. LP has begun the process of getting city approval for the project, as has the Tennessee-based retailer. Tractor Supply—calling it a farm supply store hardly does it justice—would occupy 3.6 acres at the southeast corner of the property.

Developers Beau Wilfong and Eugene Wright are general partners in the Carmel-based ownership group, according to state records.

Their proposed site plan includes two strips of land that would be set aside for future trails—both a street-side path along the highway per the city’s alternative transportation plan, and a chunk along the southern boundary of the property for a planned extension of the Midland Trace Trail.

Westfield’s comprehensive plan envisions the area as an employment center, with office and service uses. Retail uses that support other nearby businesses also are acceptable, according to a report prepared by city planner Ryan Clark.

Tractor Supply is planning a 19,000-square-foot building, plus 15,000 square feet of fenced-in outdoors sales and 5,400 square feet of sidewalk display space.

The retailer now operates a store at 18160 U.S. 31 North. It will remain open at that location at least through the end of the year, an employee said.

U.S. 31 is getting a major overhaul as the Indiana Department of Transportation transforms it into a limited-access highway. A number of businesses have relocated to make way for the road.

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