By Carla Howie
At the Zionsville Redevelopment Commission meeting held Nov. 25, a small course correction was agreed upon by the members of the commission. At the October meeting, $60,000 was approved to begin activity for the Creekside Corporate Park with HWC Engineering. Since that time, a step back in the process was deemed necessary. According to Vice President Brad Johnson, a new proposal from Rundell Ernstberger Associates, Inc. was introduced to provide the schematic and master plan for the project.
“This is their expertise, and will provide the commission with multiple illustrations of what the site may look like,” Johnson said.
Paul Kite, broker for the Creekside Corporate Park, suggested Rundell Ernstberger Associates when it was determined HWC Engineering is more qualified for the technical engineering aspects of the project than the actual design of the property.
“First we need an accurate portrayal of how the land may be used, then we can understand how to market it. HWC will continue their representation on the project and will offer a time and materials contract once the master plan is approved. Both firms’ expertise is required,” Johnson said.
Rundell Ernstberger Associates has a long history with Zionsville. They’ve provided services to the parks department, First Street renovations and the town’s entry signage. They are widely recognized for master land planning, landscape architecture and site design.
No additional funds will be required. The $60,000 was designated to cover the costs for phase one funding of the project including the schematics, master site planning and site design. The Creekside Corporate Park steering committee, including one member of the Redevelopment Commission, will continue to monitor how these funds are appropriated.