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Developer returns with new proposal for downtown Zionsville property

September 6, 2016

A developer who recently struck out with a proposal for a mixed-use real estate project in downtown Zionsville has returned with a new plan.

The Zionsville Town Council denied the zoning request for the potential $30 million project known as 200 West in July. The development would have included a mix of single-family homes, multifamily housing and a commercial section on a 4.3-acre property to the west of Sycamore and Main streets.

The project had been proposed by 200 West Partners LLC, which was led by developer Randy Green.

Green has submitted a new development for review on the same property, but this one will not require a change of zoning.

The project would include two three-story commercial office buildings, one of 29,700 square feet and the other at 31,700 square feet. An underground parking garage would be included, along with a surface parking lot, for a total of 225 spaces.

According to project documents, about 100 employees would work in the buildings.

The entrance to the property would be aligned with the Second Street and Sycamore intersection. The buildings would sit along Sycamore, with parking in the rear.

No other use beside office is specified in the documents submitted to the town.

The initial project proposed by Green was criticized by town officials for being too vague. A petition garnered more than 560 signatures, with residents opposing the building height, which could have been as tall as 55 feet, and the anticipated increase in traffic.

The new proposal is also already facing some scrutiny from town staff.

“The building architecture does not appear to meet the ‘Zionsville theme,’” town engineer Mark DeBruler said in a review letter dated Aug. 29.

The buildings would feature brick, along with cement fiber board panel siding and glass windows.

DeBruler requested additional information from the developer, including more details on parking, stormwater drainage and road improvements.

The project requires review from the Zionsville Plan Commission, which meets Sept. 19.

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