Tiny town getting huge project

February 13, 2008
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Ingalls, Ind.Locally based Mann Properties and Illinois-based Opus North are putting together plans for 1.5 million square feet of industrial and office space along Interstate 69 in Madison County. The 140-acre development, in Ingalls (pop. 1,500) will be called I-69 Trade Center, the developers said. The $100-million project joins several industrial developments planned or under construction in remote areas along Indiana highways, outside the distribution powerhouse of Plainfield. What impact are these projects having? What else is new in industrial real estate?
  • This is not sleepy information at all. This will have a very large impact
    on the surrounding rural areas and will affect everything from the
    environment, the local infrastructure (or lack of it), and spinoff
    development as well as new (low income) housing units. Jut as
    important, this could play out to be a major competitor not only to the
    warehousing and logistics industry based in Plainfield, but that of all
    Central Indiana.
  • amax, are you the leasing agent for this development?
  • Looks like a bit of urban snobbery...which is unfortunate. I had not heard of Ingalls until last year when I heard a new SF residential subdivision was going. So, this sounds like good news for the area.

    Plainfield is close to the airport, so Monrovia has a better chance at development than Ingalls. What Ingalls needs to compete is the outer belt which Mitch proposed, but the Republican farmers in Hancock Co. did not want to sell their land for.

    I'm all for density, but it's a big country and not everyone wants to live in the city.
  • Tim,

    Try focusing on the positives or, if you have a contributing point, make it. If not, shut the z up.
  • This is awesome news for the area! This will really help the economy and give a boost to Anderson and Muncie as well, whose economies and jobs have not been going well lately.
  • Yay for sprawl!!
  • We have 93 acres for sale very close to Ingalls.(1 minute drive) C'mon Mann , offer up the bucks and you can have it all. The sooner, the better.
  • I certainly wish the best for these developers, and this would be great for the area. But, I can't help but wonder just how much more industrial space the I-69 corridor can absorb in the next 5-8 years. I can understand the desire to be close to the loop and I can certainly understand the desire to be near the airport. But, I worry a bit about sinking money, hearts and minds into the notion that all of Exit 10, the corporate campus, and other sites near Exit 5 (all superior sites) are going to absorb quickly enough to make this project viable in the next 5-8 years. I hope for these guys that this site isn't too far off the trucking path...but maybe I'm underestimating the amount of Deroit to Indy needs. I think that the Monrovia plans might get more play.
  • Interesting...being as how this is NOT INGALLS
  • Oh Cory, this is not a remote area. This would be at Exit 14 (Lapel/Fortville), which is directly after Exit 10 Fishers/Noblesville, and is currently contains an 800-unit subdivision on the south side of the interchange. Exit 14 is the next hot spot in the metro and is vital to the livelyhood of Madison County and should be planned carefully and accordingly.
  • CoryW: Ingalls recently annexed the property.
  • CoryS-

    Yes, they did. I was confused as to which parcels until I saw this on the news last night...

    Thanks for the info and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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