Westfield Advisory Plan Commission holds public hearings, approves detailed development of new Grand Park hotel

Compiled by Noah Alatza

The Westfield Advisory Plan Commission met July 11. The next APC meeting is 7 p.m. July 25 at City Hall, 130 Penn St. For more, visit westfield.in.gov.

What happened: Public hearings were held on five business items ranging from subdivisions to the new Spring Mill Station.

What it means:

  • Northpoint Subdivision: The 314-acre site is at the southwest corner of Ind. 38 and Grassy Branch Road. It was previously known as the Aurora Project. There are 250 single-family homes and 17 commercial blocks. Since the last APC meeting, the size of a commerce park has decreased 15 percent, and the new housing development expanded to 91 acres. The City of Westfield has secured federal dollars to expand East Street to Ind. 38. Nobody spoke on the proposed development.
  • Spring Mill Station Planned Unit Development District: The PUD already comprises the southeast corner of 161st Street and Springmill Road. The purpose of the amendment is to address replacing existing monument signs to alternative signage, screening in mechanical equipment and approving the use of a drive-thru  for a multi-tenant building. Nobody spoke on the proposal. It was the only item of business sent to the city council with a positive recommendation.
  • Springmill Grand Station PUD District: More commercial development, restaurants and a playground are coming to five acres on Spring Mill Road north of 161st Street. The developer plans to keep buffer tree zones on the north and south sides of the property. Two community members spoke. Kurt DeLong owns property to the north and south. He was concerned about a potential “breach of covenants” and claimed he did not see “adequate parking.” Jeff Ryan, from Executive Investments in Fishers, who partially owns the property, said he “would like to see if he could work with the developer.” Other concerns with the plan is the lack of buffering to the south and parking issues, Ryan said.
  • Oak Manor and Lancashire at Oak Manor PUD District: Allows for more single-family development and an associated plat for the property. There are 60 to 70 family units detached to lots south of Kroger on Ind. 32 off Gunther Boulevard. It was originally zoned for 180 condominiums, but the developer came back to APC to request an amendment change to add single-family and townhomes. Base pricing for the homes start at $175,000.

The plan commission forwarded a proposal for a Grand Park Springhill Suites to city council, 7-0. (Submitted image)

What happened: APC approved Grand Park Springhill Suites detailed development plan unanimously, forwarding it to the city council.

What it means: The proposal would be for a new 95,705-square-foot hotel on approximately three acres of land south of 191st Street at Grand Park.

  • Cindy Spoljaric

    To clarify, the Springhill Suites is located on the NW corner of 191st and US31 in the Chatham Common PUD. This was for a detailed development plan -a consent agenda item. This will not go to Council as Council has no authority in reviewing site or development plans. Council did approve the PUD rezone months ago, allowing for the use and associated development standards. The review of development plans ensures compliance with the PUD standards, as well as any other relevant regulations.