Fishers Town Council set to review auto mall plans

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The Fishers Town Council is expected Thursday to review plans from Butler Automotive Group for a $19 million auto mall along State Road 37 that could house up to five car dealerships.

The town’s Advisory Plan Commission approved the plans on Wednesday. If the council gives its blessing, construction could 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 wants to create a tax-increment financing district to help fund $5.4 million in infrastructure improvements to the site.

The development is planned for the west side of Indiana 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.


  • 19 million Auto Mall
    her ya go a lead if you didnt already know
  • Poor Planning
    There are already scores of closed down dealerships all over the metro area......96th Street, downtown, Avon, Southern Plaza, East Washington Street, Noblesville, ect. The last thing this area needs is another mega car dealership! In 10 years time, it too will be abandoned!
  • Mas malls, por favor!
    Strip malls, auto malls. Scott Faultless and the Town Council won't rest until they've filled in every square inch of real estate with suburban blight. This is one of the most poorly designed "towns" you can find. Schools are over-crowded, there's gridlock, crime is on the rise and the police force can't keep up with it all. Don't believe the "most liveable city" propaganda. This is not utopia. It's a mess that is only getting worse, the result of one-party rule and untractable "leadership"
  • Just what Fishers needs
    I say go ahead and build it, it is just what Fishers needs, more auto dealerships. Maybe they could become big empty buildings like the Hummer dealership. Come on Fishers, give some more breaks to businesses that we really need, because cars are selling so well right now. I say approve it and while your at it, approve some more big projects that don't have the funding so they can be foreclosed on. That is what is making the town such a wonderful place to live. While your at it, why don't you go ahead and use tax payer money and buy up all the property in old Fishers and level it for another underfunded project, that way we will have fields of weeds everywhere. Hey that's better than the corn fields you've ran out of town. At least that's what appears to be your goal. Corn is for hicks, weeds are the future for Fishers. But at least everything will be better when Google gets here, because then we wont need to leave our homes to look at the weeds, we can just sit there and Facebook at lightspeed all day long. I love Fishers soooo much, I wouldn't go back to the old ways for anything. Back when everybody knew everybody and we had town fish frys and small parades with just the locals. Nope wouldn't want any of that, not now, not with big empty weed fields coming.

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