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Fishers approves $19M auto mall development

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The Fishers Town Council unanimously approved on Wednesday night an economic development agreement for Butler Automotive Group, which intends to build a $19 million auto mall along State Road 37 housing up to five car dealerships.

The town’s Advisory Plan Commission had approved the project. Construction is expected to begin this spring on a new Butler Nissan dealership with completion of the entire development slated for 2013. About 230 jobs could be created, according to Butler.

A Butler Nissan dealership already sits on part of the property the company wants to redevelop. The town has agreed to create a tax-increment financing district to help fund infrastructure improvements. The Butler property would receive $2.8 million in improvements. The town would spend an additional $4.14 million on the surrounding area.

The Butler auto mall is planned for the west side of State Road 37 on the former Davidson Lumberyard property and would stretch from 131st to 141st streets. Lumberyard structures would need to be demolished to make way for the dealership.

The site is across from the former Britton Park Golf Course. A major water park, hotel and retail project had been slated for that property, but developers have run into financial troubles that are severely threatening the development.

The $80 million project, led by Indianapolis-based Puller Group, includes plans for a 16-acre water park and 244-room Wyndham Hotel within Fishers Marketplace, a mix of shops, restaurants and offices.

Old National Bank foreclosed in August on the south half of the 104-acre site, which was owned by Indianapolis developer Skjodt Thomas & Associates.

Fifth Third Bank is attempting to foreclose on the other half owned by the Puller Group. The case is pending in Hamilton Superior Court.
 
 

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  • What about
    Pinecrest marine is in there somewhere? Are they staying or going? Who's gonna fix my boat?
  • vacant lot
    Nice job turning the Britton Golf Course in to a flat,ugly,dusty vacant lot. Perhaps Fishers could have done a better job ensuring the project had it's financial act together before they leveled the course. Let's hope the auto park project gets closer finacial scrutinty before they demolish the lumber co. and start moving dirt.
  • Great
    Bill,

    Yes it was much better as as an empty non-money generating field.
  • Blight
    More suburban blight for Feeshers.

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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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