A Marion County judge has denied a legal challenge by the Indianapolis Airport Authority that would prevent a Cincinnati-based developer from opening a competing parking lot near the airport.
Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele last week upheld a Feb. 15 decision by the Metropolitan Development Commission, which gave Chavez Properties approval to build a 2,000-space “Fast Park & Relax” lot at 8550 Stansted Road on a 31-acre site in the Ameriplex development on the city’s west side.
Chavez said the $15 million project will create 45 jobs and it would “soon” begin construction on the development.
The airport has until the end of the month to appeal Keefe’s decision.
The airport authority filed a complaint to stop the development in March after the MDC voted 6-2 in favor of the project after an emotional three-hour hearing.
Airport officials say they are fearful the project could hurt their parking operation, and they argued a parking lot was not the best use of the land.
The project also had been opposed by nearby Plainfield-based Indy Park Ride & Fly, the city of Indianapolis and some surrounding residents. It was backed by developers of Ameriplex and other tenants in the business park.