Apartment complex proposed for 20-acre school property

A 20-acre property the Westfield-Washington School Board recently sold on contingency could become an apartment complex under a proposal the city is considering.

Earlier this year, the school district approved the $1.3 million sale of the land near the corner of 161st Street and Spring Mill Road to EdgeRock Development LLC.

Westfield Residential Investors LLC, along with EdgeRock Development, is requesting zoning approval to construct a 290-unit apartment complex with 15 multi-story buildings surrounding a clubhouse on the property.

The community, dubbed Spring Mill Station, also would also a fitness center, resort-style pool, business center, grilling station, dog park and trail around the perimeter of the property.

The units are expected to cost $880 to $1,320 per month.

The sale depends on the property being rezoned from single-family low-density to planned-unit development.

The fields, which have been used for youth soccer for 20 years, are home to the Westfield Youth Soccer Association and the Indiana Fire Juniors soccer club. The sales agreement prevents any construction until after the fall soccer season ends in mid-November. After that, the youth soccer league and club will relocate to Grand Park.

Superintendent Mark Keen said the school district had no educational use for the land east of Shamrock Springs Elementary School and decided to sell it to fund technology and building maintenance.

As part of an agreement with the school district, the developer will construct a fenced-in pond with trails surrounding it and an outdoor classroom for school use.

Two acres of land on the northeast side of the property have been reserved for commercial or retail development, with the intention of attracting a daycare center to the area.

The Westfield Plan Commission discussed the project Monday night, and the Westfield City Council is expected to vote on it July 13.

Until the city signs off on the rezoning request, the school district will continue to own the land.

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