A former tea room and garden center in Fishers is getting new life in the form of an office building.
Indianapolis-based Shamrock Builders has filed plans to redevelop the former Rita’s Backyard site on the north side of 116th Street, just west of Brooks School Road. Rita’s Backyard Tea Room and Garden Center operated at 12244 E. 116th St. until May 2015, when the owner retired and sold the property.
Rita Beck, the property’s owner, sold the nearly 2-acre property to F.C. Tucker Co. in June 2015, property records show.
Now, the old buildings have been demolished, and the property is ready for redevelopment.
Shamrock proposes building a 15,000-square-foot, one story office building with space for up to six tenants. Documents don’t indicate whether Shamrock has any tenants in mind for the project.
The office building would have a residential style to blend in with the properties around it. The building immediately west of the site houses Simply Dental and Vital Chiropractor. In filing documents, Shamrock said the new office building would complement the dental and chiropractor building to the west. North, south and east of the property are residential neighborhoods.
Shamrock has requested the site be rezoned from the C2-neighborhood business district to a planned unit development.
A public hearing on the project is slated for Feb. 6 before the Fishers Advisory Plan Commission. From there it would go to the Fishers City Council for final approval.
In other North of 96th retail and development news:
— Burlington Coat Factory has announced its new Whitestown store will open this spring. The 33,200-square-foot store in the Marketplace at Anson will be located at 6130 Perry Worth Road. The store will offer brand-name clothing and home-goods merchandise. The store will be the retailer’s 15th in Indiana.
— Wendy’s plans to open an eatery in Chatham Commons in Westfield. The fast-food chain has filed paperwork to build a 2,844 square foot restaurant on 0.9 acres of undeveloped land at the northwest corner U.S. 31 and E. 191st St.
— Bank of America plans to build a new bank branch in Carmel on the west side of Michigan Road, north of Nottingham Way. The 8,328-square-foot building would be one-story.
— A public safety uniform retailer has plans to open a store in Carmel. Guy Bodenhorn has plans to open 911 Uniform Shop, a public safety uniform retailer, at River Road Shops. Roughly 3,400 square feet of retail space is being remodeled for the shop, which will be located at 14570 River Road, Suite 120.
— Anthony Leigh, a men’s clothing store, has opened at 982 Logan St. in downtown Noblesville. The store is located next door to Grindstone Public House. The store also offers tuxedo rentals.
— Class by UFC Gym has leased 3,935 square feet of retail space at Noble West Shoppes, 14741 Hazel Dell Crossing.