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Carmel buying 12 acres for new well field

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The city of Carmel has agreed to buy about 12 acres adjacent to the Mansion at Oak Hill along 116th Street near Hazel Dell Parkway for a new well field.

The popular conference and catering facility agreed to sell the land, part of what’s known as Northern Beach, so that Carmel’s water utility can keep pace with a growing population. The city paid about $430,000.

The utility plans to spend $25 million to build a new water treatment plant at 106th Street and Gray Road that will handle the water. The facility will be the city’s fourth water-treatment plant.

The Northern Beach property is labeled as groundwater-rich on old Department of Natural Resources well logs, and recent tests show it could yield up to 8 million gallons per day—about half the projected eventual water demand for Carmel.

Once Carmel is built out, the city’s water utility expects to serve about 45,000 customers using an average of about 16 million gallons per day. Currently, the utility delivers about eight million gallons per day, all of it from wells. It also is taking over service for about 8,000 former Indianapolis Water Co. customers.

“We have to find additional groundwater for future growth,” said John Duffy, the city’s director of utilities. “Hopefully, within a year or so we’ll be live with at least one new well (at Northern Beach).”

Carmel’s existing wells, most of which are just west of the White River, are far from dry, but rapid growth demands more sources of water, said Mayor Jim Brainard. He noted that water rates in Carmel are just one-third those charged by IWC.

The new wells should not affect business at Oak Hill, a 1940s mansion that was moved in 1990 from a farm west of River Road to its current home southeast of 116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway. The 15,000-square-foot, southern colonial mansion now hosts a variety of events, from concerts to weddings.

A portion of the land Carmel is buying is part of a floodplain so development for any other purpose would have been difficult, if not impossible, Duffy said.

“The owner was happy and we’re certainly happy,” he said.

Stan Elser of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the seller, Mansion Real Estate LLC. Carmel represented itself.
 

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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