Westfield's plans just keep getting grander

June 3, 2013
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With grand construction projects in the works on either side of U.S. 31 in Westfield, leaders are working on plans for a signature bridge spanning State Road 32 at the heart of the growing city.

Preliminary designs presented to City Council members last month show 100-foot towers at the northwest and southeast edges of the overpass, a key gateway to the community that will become even more important when the state's $600 million U.S. 31 overhaul is complete in 2015.

A few miles northwest of the interchange, crews are busy transforming 400 acres of farmland into the Grand Park Sports Campus, a $42 million city effort to establish Westfield as a hub for youth sports that opens next year (and already drawing a $225 million commercial development in the works nearby). Back in the other direction, the $20 million Grand Junction downtown redevelopment initiative is gaining momentum.

Two years in the making, the so-called "Towers of Westfield" are intended to be a community icon, according to the Indianapolis Star's Dan McFeeley. Early estimates put the towers' total price tag at $750,000 to $2 million, McFeeley's story said. The project would be funded with proceeds of the city's proposed $91 million sale of its water utilities to Citizens Energy.

Check out a PDF of Westfield's work-in-progress plans from the May 13 council meeting, then weigh in: What do you make of the idea?

  • Complete Waste
    This is a complete waste of money. Why does Westfield want to be bigger and better than it really is? People move there to be away from all of the Carmel nonsense, they don't need to continue it.
  • Cracks Me Up
    This cracks me up. The city of Westfield is selling a city utility in order to fund the building of 'towers'? How much will those things return on the citizens investment of $750k-$2mil? I'm all for improvement within our Hamilton County communities, and think that Grand Park will be a good investment, but using taxpayer money to build artificial 'downtowns' and 'Towers of Westfield' just seems laughable.
  • Waste!
    Foolish waste of money!
  • Faux-ville
    How much of these plans involving destroying the historic downtown? I hope Westfield isn't heading the direction of destroying something unique and real to create something fake.
    • WEIRD
      umm... okay... This is a complete waste of taxpayer money. Perhaps if they are built, they could at least serve a useful purpose: I see a tower each for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. If it's going to be gaudy, at least make it useful.
    • Really?
      What happened to "We owe it to taxpayers to make the best use of our assets"? Well, $750K - $2M is an asset and this is a complete waste of assets not to mention an eyesore. We really can't find a better way to invest this money...schools, public safety, community events? I'd rather see a fraction of the money used on tasteful 'Welcome to Westfield' signs. I seriously hope this isn't a done deal and it gets put to a vote so I can vote 'NO'. I'm starting to wonder if the 'powers that be' in Westfield aren't beginning to suffer from delusions of grandeur.
    • out of touch comments
      The above comments are obviously from what I call "old Indiana" mentality. Young people can start families anywhere in the United States. Communties that are inspiring and look the part of peoples ambitions will draw the talented people to move there. New York is not cheap to live in, but millions want to be there. I was born a Hoosier, but sometimes this fiscal crap gets old. If we never invested in projects like these, we would never land prominent jobs. Sorry but make way for people who want more. Keep complaining, I get a good laugh old timers.
      • Re: Todd
        Actually Todd, it was exactly all if this bogus faux "tack"itecture which drew me away from the northern subrubs. For real, Carmel filled their doentown with FAKE people. I chose to and always will chose to start my family and live in Indianapolis. New York and Westfield are not even close to comparable. If it weren't for the high ranked schools, I doubt many would live there. It most definitely isn't because they build an expensive bridge.
      • Little regard for historic structures
        Wheat1: Most of historic downtown Westfield south of SR32 is up for grabs for the highest developer bidder. Probably north of it too. I am very scared that it will be Fauxville or Megafield even before the "Grand Towers of Megafield" came out in the open. This is scary. Just check out the already very HIGH tax rates in Westfield - why not use the money for that sale, which will run up the fee rate to unbelievable highs, to attract businesses and lower the regular tax rate instead of building weird towers? I believe this doc shows the tax rates: http://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/egov/documents/1368638586_01986.pdf

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