Hardware store owner drops unusual helipad request

May 29, 2013
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North Meridian Hardware 225pxSeeking city approval to add a downtown helipad to the roof of the North Meridian Hardware store would seem like an unusual request. But to owner Keith Payne, it makes perfect sense for his plans to ultimately expand his hardware business into other cities. Payne is a pilot, and to have the luxury of flying to other locations from his store at 1433 N. Meridian St. would be quite the timesaver. His variance request, however, created enough stir among area residents that he decided to shelve it. “It’s a residential area, and being respectful of a residential area, and since I’m only two stories up, it could cause some noise pollution for people around us, and that’s understandable,” he said. Payne, who opened North Meridian Hardware in March 2012, has no immediate plans to expand but is eyeing the Louisville market. Despite dropping the helipad request, he still is slated to have a few others heard by a city zoning board June 19. He wants to reduce the number of parking spaces from 46 to 36 to offer an outdoor gardening and landscaping area, in addition to building a screen to shield the eight moving trucks he has available for rent from public view.

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  • Rubber Stamp
    Any variance that requests less parking than the current downtown requirements should be rubber stamped "approved."
  • Yes
    The helipad was silly, but I don't see a problem with adding a gardening component. I'm just happy they seem to be doing enough business to survive.
  • Alley
    They should be required to create alley access from their parking lot as a condition of the variance. Ingress and egress from the building is terrible.
  • Silly
    Silly idea. I was excited about a local hardware store but the two times I've been there the staff was rude and didn't have what I needed.
    • Option
      Try Indy Nut House at 2153 Hillside, the owner works there and pricing and quality are outstanding
    • Better options
      He should really take a look at his competition if he's planning on expanding because I don't know how he makes it there. The store is close to our house, but the few times I've gone in, I ended up going down to Fusek's because they didn't have what I needed. Now I just drive a few blocks further south for a fully stocked store and better parking.
    • Business History
      I really don't understand how this guy continues to open up business after business and just walk away from them without paying off his creditors. Maybe the IBJ should look into that.
      • Help is available
        By all means, visit Fusek's on East New York . . . the staff is both cordial and knowledgable, always gracious and eager to help solve a problem.
      • Victim
        Mr. Payne has a history of writing bad checks and maybe the IBJ should look into this as well! Pretty sad!
      • Scam Artist?
        My husband's company had a horrible time collecting money from this guy for work completed. He seems a little shady, if you ask me.
      • Looking to new additions
        Truly happy this hardware store opened in my neighborhood. I see the Uhaul Service as an added benefit to the community, too. On the contrary, I have found the staff to be very friendly and gone way above to help me find what items I needed. Keep up the good work!!
        • RE: Happy Customer
          Welcome to the ibj comments section Mr. Payne!

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