Planning staff favors Crown Hill rezoning

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Staff of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development is recommending approval of Mann Properties LLC’s request to rezone 70 wooded acres it plans to buy from Crown Hill Cemetery.

Locally based Mann wants to build three residential subdivisions and a retail strip at the southeast corner of Michigan Road and 42nd Street.

The staff recommendation now goes to the Metropolitan Development Commission, which is scheduled to hear testimony and decide on the rezoning request at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

The staff report says the commission should require several changes before approving rezoning, including adjusting easements and setbacks.

Some neighborhood groups, including the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association, have opposed the plan because they would like to see the woods remain and are concerned about the impact of increased residential development.

The neighboring Indianapolis Museum of Art wrote a letter to the commission Jan. 15 expressing concern about the development’s impact on wetlands and drainage.

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