Plan commission holds Village Park Plaza public hearing on commercial additions to Regal Cinema
By Anna Skinner
The Westfield Advisory Plan Commission met June 5. The next APC meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 19 at City Hall, 130 Penn St. To view the agenda, visit westfield.in.gov.
What happened: The Westfield Advisory Plan Commission held a public hearing on a proposal called Village Park Plaza I. If approved, the proposal would include four commercial storefronts and the possibility of two outlots at Regal Cinema, 2222 E. 146th St.
What it means: Nobody spoke at the public hearing, although the plan commission did have some questions, including one about a change in the number of screens inside the theater. According to the developer, the current 17-screen theater would be reduced to 11, with a 60 percent seat reduction. The investment is expected to be $8.5 to $10 million. Plan commission member Dr. Ginny Kelleher expressed concern about parking if the outlots were constructed, but the OnPointe Land Matters planner Jesse Pohlman said adequate parking would be available.
What happened: The APC held a public hearing on The Trails, which requested the approval of four lots on approximately 17.5 acres at the southeast corner of Oak Ridge Road and Ind. 32.
What it means: Two people voiced concerns about the creation of a new road reducing natural watershed and the creation of more flooding at a single-family home. Petitioner Birch Dalton, with Edgerock Development, addressed both issues.
“If you look at the current Anna Kendall drain and the current FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) flood map, we have done significant work on the property, and we have worked very closely with the Hamilton County Surveyor’s Office,” Dalton said. “We have an agreement with them based on calculations by engineers to do a mitigation and improve the drain throughout the whole parcel.”
What happened: Hall and House requested an amendment for monument signage requirements. A public hearing was held and no one spoke.
What it means: The original Hall and House amendment didn’t have standards for signs, and the petitioner is trying to legally establish two signs currently in place. The signs include the Monon Marketplace sign, which is approximately 15 feet high and includes 125 square feet of sign panels, and the Ricker’s gas station sign. The amendment also would include a third sign, not yet constructed, that is 10 feet tall on Wheeler Road and includes 30 square feet of sign panels.