Mixed-use development with 98 homes proposed near Ruoff Music Center

David Weekley Homes and Warstler Realty Group are planning to build 98 residential buildings and eight commercial buildings across from Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville.

The Noblesville City Council on Tuesday night reviewed plans for Boden Road Crossing to learn more about the potential 32-acre development proposed for the northwest corner of Greenfield Avenue and Boden Road. The subdivision aims to provide “missing middle” housing with 40 for-sale townhomes and 58 for-sale duplexes. The rest of the proposal calls for a 20-acre commercial node with seven standalone buildings and a gas station.

Steve Hardin, an attorney with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath representing the petitioners, said the vacant property has been zoned for a big-box user or retail power center since 1997.

Once the city and county partnered to build 146th Street and Campus Parkway to the south, Hardin said traffic was diverted away from the site.

“It’s still a good location, it’s good real estate, it’s located in a good area where there are utilities nearby,” Hardin said. “But, it’s probably not best-suited any longer for a large, regional commercial center.”

Instead, David Weekley Homes and Warstler Realty Group are planning to build townhouses ranging from 1,600 square feet to 1,850 square feet on the site that will be priced from $260,000 to $285,000. The duplexes, ranging from 1,600 square feet to 1,775 square feet, are expected to range from $270,000 to $290,000. Both housing types will include three-bedroom models.

Early property plans show there might be a gas station immediately adjacent to the Greenfield and Boden intersection, as well as seven other freestanding commercial buildings along Greenfield Avenue.

In addition to those commercial features, Hardin said the project will provide roughly a half-mile of paved walking and biking trails along Greenfield Avenue and Boden Road, as well as 1.5 miles of internal sidewalks.

The project will have to be reviewed by the city’s Noblesville Plan Commission, but if it’s approved, the developers intend to start working on the project next spring.

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8 thoughts on “Mixed-use development with 98 homes proposed near Ruoff Music Center

  1. Get ready for Ruoff to be closed. It happens every time you build homes in the suburbs this close to a venue: people buy the property knowing full well there’s a concert venue then complain about the noise and eventually the city caves and closes the venue via noise ordinance.

    1. Nicholas F: All too true. These new residents will be first to complain when an encore from a great concert goes 5 min past 11 pm, or about traffic concerts bring, or “bad element” of excited concert-goers who’ve been known to hang out for an hr or so afterwards, blasting music by that night’s performer. Like living near an airport–what did you expect??

  2. IBJ, you guys have been doing this a long time and this isnt the first time this has happened … please, when you do a piece on a new development etc., post a locator graphic or GIS pic so readers know what and where you are talking about. Thank you!

  3. The property was up for sale about a decade ago and had no takers. All indications are that Live Nation isn’t interested in selling, given its high asking price the last time it was up for sale. It’s in their top 5 grossing amphitheaters, so it makes lots of money for them.

    If this development gets built, I doubt it will have an impact on the venue. Much like the age-old airport argument- you knew you were moving near an airport, so don’t complain about the noise. Traffic around there has vastly improved since 146th was widened, so for the 20-25 shows a year between 5-8 and again from 11-12:30, it shouldn’t be a big issue.

    1. Gemini in Columbus used to be a great venue too. Then they built new developments, people complained, noise ordinances were passed making concert basically impractical and it closed. This WILL happen to Ruoff. Your comment assumes people are smart…

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