By Pete Smith
In what could be the third new subdivision approved this year for West Carmel, a custom homebuilder wants to build a new neighborhood on 18.5 acres of land along 146th Street east of Shelbourne Road.
It would be Lombardo Homes’ first foray into Carmel if the developer can get the necessary approvals from the Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals and the Plan Commission.
The tentative plans call for replacing the former Kaufman Stables operation at 3225 W. 146th St. with 27 lots that are about one-third of an acre each and a roadway that would connect to the Trails at Hayden Run neighborhood to the south.
Ed Hackett of Lombardo Homes said that the company also is working to acquire the land to the west at the corner of 146th Street and Shelbourne Road as well.
“Our niche is small subdivisions with fewer lots,” Hackett said. “We don’t want to be considered a mass production builder.”
The initial vision for the proposed Tallyn’s Run neighborhood would be a series of ranch and 2-story homes that start from eight house plans. But as a custom homebuilder, Hackett said they could adjust the plans to suit any homebuyer’s needs.
“The thing that sets us apart from Pulte Homes and Fischer Homes is we will customize it,” he said, noting that the custom work is done by a third-party showroom called Drexel Interiors.
Lombardo even offers special packages on things like man-caves, gamer rooms and deluxe bathrooms that are proven to work well with their home designs.
“A lot of builders don’t address how you live in a home,” Hackett said, noting that the custom design packages are built to fit buyers’ needs.
And despite the recent focus on empty-nester homes, Hackett said the new subdivision wouldn’t be targeted at any specific demographic.
He also said he expects the homes to be priced in the range of $400,000 to $700,000 each.
If everything goes according to plan, Hackett said the project could be shovel-ready in 90 days.
For more information call 946-3002 or visit www.lombardohomesindy.com.