Common Council recap

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Action: Establishing an economic revitalization area for Pharmakon Pharmacueticals

What it means: Economic Director Judi Johnson said the company is looking to move to the vacant Corporate Campus building at 14450 Getz Rd. The company will invest nearly $1.5 million and relocate 65 jobs to Noblesville and create another 70 by the end of 2018. In exchange, Pharmakon is seeking a vacant building deduction on real property taxes – a savings of $158,740 – and a four-year personal property tax phase-in worth $38,407 in savings. Pharmakon supplies long-term-care facilities and government hospitals with pharmaceuticals packed for convenience.

What’s next: A public hearing and confirmatory voting will take place at the next council meeting.

 

Action: Rezoning of Terry Lee Crossing project

What it means: The Terry Lee Crossing project at the undeveloped southeast corner of Ind. 37 and Ind. 32 will consist of a Terry Lee Hyundai dealership and commercial area with seven other lots for retail. Since presenting the project to the Noblesville Plan Commission on Aug. 19, the development has dropped the electronic portion at the top of two signs and agreed to remove the proposed off-site sign.

What’s next: The council approved the rezoning and changes, but reduced the sign height from 36 feet to 28 feet. Council members agreed the lower heights would provide consistency down the Ind. 37 corridor, which are 25 to 26 feet high.

 

Action: Special consideration for K1 Speed

What it means: California-based K1 Speed Inc.’s proposal will create an electric go-kart racing center in the 71,830 square feet vacant industrial building that formerly housed Helmer Labs at 17395 Bergen Blvd. Asst. Prior to reaching the common council, the Noblesville Plan Commission unanimously voted unfavorably about the project and expressed concern about the use of Corporate Campus for any business outside of industry.

What’s next: The proposal was unanimously voted against by the council. Members would like to see K1 Speed come to Noblesville, but at a different location. No representatives from the go-kart center were in attendance.

 

Action: Amending ordinance on pedestrian walkways and parking spaces

What it means: Planning Director Christy Langley presented two major changes to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance. The city has minimum parking spaces requirements but nothing for the maximum parking spaces allowed. While businesses may exceed the maximum space allotment, Langley said pervious payment or pavers must be used in a preservation effort to save storm water. The other change provides pedestrians more safety in large parking lots. Langley said a walkway will separate pedestrians from vehicle traffic at the entrance of businesses. If approved, these changes will affect future development and not current businesses.

What’s next: The amendment was unanimously approved 7-0.


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