Developer planning 77 townhouses near Westfield’s Grand Park

Grand Communities LLC, a division of Erlanger, Kentucky-based homebuilder Fischer Homes, is planning to build 77 townhouses near Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield. (Rendering courtesy city of Westfield)

Grand Communities LLC, a division of Erlanger, Kentucky-based homebuilder Fischer Homes, is planning to build 77 townhouses near Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield.

The townhouses would be constructed on about seven acres of land at Grand Park Village on the south side of East 186th Street between Kinsey Avenue and Grand Park Boulevard.

Jon Dobosiewicz, a land-use professional with Carmel-based law firm Nelson & Frankenberger LLC, told the Westfield Advisory Plan Commission on Jan. 17 that pricing for the minimum 1,800-square-foot townhouse units would begin at $450,000.

A price estimate for the proposed development was not provided. Grand Communities is the development arm of Fischer Homes.

“The vision is to create a neighborhood of high-end townhomes in close proximity to Grand Park and other public amenities within Westfield, one of which being the YMCA,” Dobosiewicz said.

Access to the site would be from East 186th Street with alleys leading to the back entrances of the townhouses.

The townhouses would have a minimum of four units and a maximum of six units. The project’s design would correspond with the Cape Cod-style architecture found at Grand Park Village.

The developer is seeking a zoning change to allow townhouses on the site. Current zoning permits other forms of multi-family housing but not townhouses.

Some plan commission members expressed concerns that townhouses might not be the right fit for Grand Park Village. The project will return to the plan commission in February.

If the townhouse project is developed according to plans, 717 of the 960 multi-family dwelling units allowed under the Grand Park Village Planned Use Development Ordinance would be claimed.

Multi-family developments already approved for Grand Park Village include the 244-unit Charlestown on the Monon by Richmond-based Freeman Development Corp., a 240-unit apartment project by Indianapolis-based TWG Development LLC and a 157-unit senior community developed by Carmel-based Hageman Group called Highground 55+ Boutique Apartments.

An 87-acre neighborhood on the southeast corner of East 186th Street and Kinsey Avenue called The Harbor at Grand Park Village is being developed by Atlanta-based Beazer Homes and Weihe Engineers. The development will include 74 single-family attached homes.

Steve Henke, founder of Carmel-based Henke Development LLC, introduced plans in late 2012 for the $225 million Grand Park Village.

Henke Development Group has been heavily involved in the northern suburbs in recent years and developed Chatham Hills in Westfield and Promontory of Zionsville. The company announced plans last year for a 321-acre private lake community in Zionsville.

The concept for Grand Park Village included an New England-style community with shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and multifamily housing surrounding a 15-acre lake with a boardwalk.

The development got off to a slower start than expected, but pieces have fallen into place in recent years.

Carmel-based Mainstreet Property Group was the first to invest when it constructed a $16 million rehabilitation and senior care facility called Wellbrooke of Westfield on seven acres in 2013.

A $17 million Cambria Suites that includes 152 rooms and 3,800 square feet of meeting space opened in 2017. Other businesses include Primrose School at Grand Park and Coyne Veterinary Center Westfield.

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