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What’s next for Zionsville in 2015?

Reorganization

Vaidik

Vaidik

On Dec. 12, Chief Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals Nancy Vaidik granted an order to expedite an appeal that was requested by the town of Zionsville in the case between Zionsville and Whitestown.

This order states that the appellee, Whitestown, must file its brief on or before Jan. 2, 2015. On Dec. 8 Zionsville filed its brief outlining reasons to expedite the case.

If Zionsville wins its case in the court of appeals, current Zionsville Town Council president Jeff Papa will become interim mayor for the year 2015. (He was chosen as such by the town council earlier this month.) After Papa’s time as interim mayor a full-time mayor would then be elected by Zionsville and Perry Township residents.

“The timeline for the appeal is really unknown,” stated Papa.

Papa

Papa

Q and A with Jeff Papa

Q: If the reorganization goes into effect, what should the mayor’s focus be in 2015?

A: The mayor’s focus in 2015 should be all of the executive functions, but most importantly to set up the function and flow of how the mayor’s office and powers should function and relate to the council and staff. The plan was crafted to prohibit the transitional mayor from running for a full term in 2015 so that the person selected would focus on setting up the best practices, not on reelection as mayor.

Village

Ken Price’s Potpouri

Ken Price’s Potpouri

In 2015, the Village of Zionsville will see some changes. For one, several stores and restaurants will be making use of economic development and façade grants from the town.

  • One place that is getting a facelift in spring 2015 is Ken Price’s Potpourri Building on North Main Street. The building’s First Street backside will likely be under construction when Price receives a façade grant from the town. The project is expected to cost more than $39,000.
  • In May, My Sugar Pie owner Kelly Maucere is will go before the Zionsville Plan Commission to ask for approval of installing a refrigeration unit in her building.
  • Vectren’s work in Zionsville is nearly complete, but there is still one section left of a project to upgrade nearly four miles of pipeline affecting 330 homes in the Village. According to Vectren’s Senior Operations Officer Brian Hall, Miller Pipeline has 3,000 feet of pipe left to replace. The project, which began in late summer, is scheduled to be completed by spring. West Pine Street, West Hawthorne Street, Laurel Street, 9th and 8th Streets are still left to repair.
  • In 2015, zWorks, the first-ever co-working location in Zionsville is expected to open on or near Main Street. Co-founder and Zionsville resident Dan Moyers said, “One of the most important things that were trying to make sure comes through with what we’re doing is really about economic development but it’s sort of underpinned with co-working space.” To read more about zWorks, visit youarecurrent.com.

Retail

The Gateway Shoppes

The Gateway Shoppes

Some new storefronts will be opening in 2015, including but not limited to the new strip mall, called The Gateway Shops, on Michigan Road in front of Marsh Supermarket. This is being built by Sandor Constructions.

According to leasing agent Drew Kelly, of the six units being built, only one tenant, Art Van of Pure Sleep, is confirmed. One unit is listed under a pending lease contract with National Hair Salon. Four more units will be available for new tenants, with each space allowing for shop owners to lease up to 3,000 square-feet at a time, if units are combined.

Key features of the Gateway Shops:

  • 11,814 square-foot retail center
  • Flexible space sizes available to tenants signing earliest leases
  • Adjacent to 24-hour Marsh Marketplace serving west Carmel & Zionsville
  • Across from proposed Walmart

Restaurants

The Noblesville-based café and bakery, Rosie’s Place, had a soft opening on Dec. 19, and will have its grand opening and ribbon cutting in January. On the corner of Main and Cedar Streets, the café has renovated the former Eagle Creek Coffee Company location, and is still hiring kitchen and staff employees.

Schools

Zionsville school leaders started the Fix-It Coalition last spring to aid lowest-funded Indiana public schools by promoting legislative change to the state’s school funding formula. Zionsville receives $832 less per student than the state average funding from the legislated formula. Leaders of the Fix-It Coalition have proposed legislative solutions that do not negatively impact schools of poverty. They seek to fix their bottom-funded status because many have faced staffing losses that led to class size increases and program cuts.

Robison

Robison

“We have made serious cuts and sustained them to live within these means, but our students continue to miss out on important offerings found in many Indiana schools like Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering), International Baccalaureate Program and elementary physical education,” said Dr. Scott Robison, Superintendent of Schools.

Fix-It Coalition leaders plan to continue educating stakeholders and legislators about the consequences of their lowest funded status among Indiana’s public schools in 2015.

  • School make-up days in 2015—Given last year’s heavy winter weather, Dr. Robison addressed school make-up days in a letter to parents on Dec. 17. He stated: “the first two snow days (if needed) would be made up in the first week of June per our school calendar.” He also noted that if the schools need more than two make-up days due to this winter’s weather, ZCS will determine how the schools are allowed to proceed with full state authorization, and then decide “what is best for ZCS students,” including the option of e-learning days.
  • Also on the agenda for schools in 2015: completion of the high school’s new construction and completion of the storage facility behind Pleasant View Elementary. For more on these building projects, visit youarecurrent.com.

Whitestown

Although not technically a part of Zionsville, Whitestown is booming with development and growth. In 2015, the area of Anson will see expanded retail and restaurant options for Boone County.

Whitestown will be opening its new Pizza King come early January. According to the Whitestown Pizza King social media site the opening is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2015.

Norton

Norton

A large retail center is being contemplated in the town, but plans for construction may be as far away as 2016. Other, smaller outlets are scheduled to be complete in 2015 with one near the new Meier in Anson.

Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton said, “There’s a couple of outlets, small strip centers; what they call power centers, coming. [There’s] one close to Meier. There’s one finishing up now and there will be another one coming along in 2016. Obviously there’s word of a potential major retail center coming in 2016. Not sure if we’re starting in ’16 or not. We’ll know something about that by mid-January.

Other projects planned in Whitestown for 2015 are mostly multi-family housing.

Streets

Ford Road and Bloor Road Roundabout map

Ford Road and Bloor Road Roundabout map

Plans for several projects for Zionsville’s streets are being planned for next year with much focus on the Creekside Corporate Park area. The Lids corporate headquarters will be getting modifications to its entrance and across the street internal roads will be constructed to help facilitate movement within the park.

Lantz

Lantz

“Beyond our annual repair projects is a modification to 106th street to improve the entrance into Lids corporate headquarters, which will be opening next fall as I understand,” Zionsville Supt. of Streets and Stormwater Lance Lantz said. “That entrance modification is also the starting point to Creekside Corporate Park. There may or may not be some degree of construction starting next year on that site development as far as interior roadways. The modification to Lids is certainly a go. That contract will be let in the spring. The redevelopment plan commission is taking a very aggressive approach to that in trying to determine exactly what they can afford to have constructed next year.”

The traffic light that is under construction at 116th and Main Street, which leads to Corporate Park via 116th, will be completed in early 2015.

“Our biggest problem we’re encountering right now is, due to the weather, the installation for the lane striping,” Lantz said. “People need to be told what the new lanes are for and given the cold temperatures it’s very difficult to put lane markings down. We’re currently working with our designers and contractor to come up with an approach that will allow that signal to go live as soon as possible and may require, internally, us painting lines frequently over the winter to keep them visible till the final product can be applied in the spring.”

Another street project coming 2015 is the construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Ford Road and Bloor Lane. The project was originally projected for 2014, but problems with a piece of property at the location delayed its construction.

“We ran into significant challenges in acquiring a piece of property that had gone for sheriff sale and then reverted to a bank owned property at a foreclosure preceding,” Lantz said. “We needed to obtain property on the southeast corner to accommodate the footprint of the roundabout and utility relocation. That house has since been secured and we are scheduling the demolition of that house in preparation for construction on that project to start in the spring.”

Development

Hat World

Hat World

On Dec. 18, SmartIT announced its plans to relocate its headquarters to Zionsville, creating up to 85 new jobs by 2018.

An information technology staffing and solutions company, SmartIT will invest $4.5 million in the Northwest Tech Park, with the relocation to occur in early 2015. SmartIT already employs 160 associates in Indiana and has already started its hiring process for the new headquarters.

Taxes

Did you know that in 2015, the federal government is likely to start taxing online purchases? According to a study done by Columbia University: “Many online merchants that do not collect sales tax have a pricing advantage over traditional stores that must, under law, collect sales tax. Online shoppers are supposed to submit payment for tax due, but almost no one does. As a result, many online purchases are tax-free and cheaper than in-store purchases.” Although the bill to stop this was stalled in the House of Representatives in July, it will be revisited in 2015. To read more about tax changes and loopholes in 2015, go to Dough page…

Sophie Pappas, James Feichtner, and Heather Lusk contributed to this report.


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What’s next for Carmel in 2015?

Brainard

Brainard

Government

  • Mayor Jim Brainard has already announced he will seek a sixth term in May, but no opponent has officially been announced yet. City Councilor Rick Sharp said he will make a decision shortly, but if he decides to not run for mayor then he will probably run as an at-large councilor instead of running in his district.
  • Republican Party activity Laura Campbell announced she will run in Sharp’s Northwest district.
  • Jeff Worrell, member of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, said he’s interested in running for City Council, presumably against Luci Snyder in the Southeast district, but no official announcement has been made.
  • In the Central district, incumbent Eric Seidensticker will face off against Bruce Kimball, a supporter of Brainard.
  • All other council incumbents plan to run again as well.

U.S. 31

U.S. 31 / I-465 interchange

U.S. 31 / I-465 interchange

  • One of the biggest changes in 2015 will be the reopening of U.S. 31. Indiana Dept. of Transportation officials told Current that not only will its renovations improve traffic flow, but the fact that construction will be over will be a boon to struggling local businesses affected by detours. Portions of the road have opened already, but construction on the Carmel contract between the I-465 interchange area and the Monon overpass will continue and is anticipated to be open to traffic by the end of 2015.

Performing Arts

Feinstein

Feinstein

  • The Palladium is bringing some big names to the stage in 2015 with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock on April 18, Itzhak Perlman on April 26 and Vince Gill on May 1.
  • Other acts include Emerson String Quartet on Jan. 23, comedian Jim Belushi on Feb. 8, Tracy Lawrence on March 6 and Michael Feinstein on March 22.
  • Carmel Community Players will feature some well-known shows such as August: “Osage County in February” and “Rock of Ages” in July.
  • The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre will present Spamalot in April.
  • Actors Theatre of Indiana will be putting on a performance of Xanadu in May.

New Businesses

Langton’s Irish Pub will open at CIty Center

Langton’s Irish Pub will open at CIty Center

Plenty of new restaurants and businesses are scheduled to open in 2015.

  • Danny Boy Brewery, a new restaurant from the people behind Brockway Public House, will open in the Village of West Clay just in time for New Year’s.
  • Langdon’s Irish Pub, located next to Matt the Miller’s Tavern at the Carmel City Center – and has the same owners as Matt the Miller’s – is scheduled to open.
  • Also expected in 2015 include: Flix Brewhouse in Merchants Square, Pizzology at the Village of West Clay, Giant-Eagle Marketplace at the Bridges, The Range Pet Lodge on N. Range Line Road, Drury Hotel, River Road Shoppes and Ricker’s Gas Station.
  • A new Aldi supermarket will open at the beginning of 2015.

Festivals

  • Sexton

    Sexton

    The city’s Independence Day festival, CarmelFest, will be led by a new chairman this summer. Jeff Worrell has stepped down after 22 years at the helm. The next chairman will be Gary Sexton, a local businessman who among many ventures owns several Sports Clips locations. Worrell will remain as the coordinator of the fireworks celebration while promoting Spark Button fundraising. Jack Badger will be stepping down from his longtime role selling Spark Buttons.

  • Other festivals to look for include Art of Wine on July 18, the Chinese Mooncake Festival on Sept. 12, PorchFest on Sept. 13, the Carmel International Arts Festival on Sept. 26 and 27 and Oktoberfest at the Carmel City Center on Oct. 2.
  • The Farmers Market starts its summer season on May 2.

Development

Kroger on Range Line Road

Kroger on Range Line Road

  • The City Council recently voted 4-3 to approve a $20 million bond for a new parking garage that should thrust forward development on the second phase of the Carmel City Center.
  • Two key City Center buildings, The Nash and The Mezz, should be completing their construction in early spring and work could begin next year and the next buildings in the overall 10 new buildings totaling 575,000 square feet. The CRC claims this will mean $57 million in anticipated annual income from all households in the new residences, $71 million in assessed value increase and 570 new jobs on campus.
  • Justin Moffett’s Old Town Design Group announced its plans to develop the Midtown section of Carmel with a $100-million-plus project that would feature up to 300,000 square feet with both office and light retail space. There would be 250 to 300 residential units and a nearby parking garage for 700 to 900 cars. That parking garage would likely be paid for using tax increment financing, which could spark a political debate in 2015, given the recent 4-3 vote for the City Center parking garage.
  • The project is in the early zoning stages and hopes to break ground in the summer if all goes well with the Council. Construction could begin on a dual-lane Monon Trail, but discussions are still being had about what all is exactly beneath the trail. The CRC is trying to sell some property just west of Moffett’s development and a buyer could be announced in early 2015.
  • Several developments will break ground in the Old Meridian District in early 2015, including Grand & Main (formerly ‘the District’), the Olivia (formerly KG Main) and Meridian & Main Retail. The Olivia, backed by Keystone Construction, which is also responsible for Sophia Square, will use a 25-year bond – worth no more than $3.8 million – to help pay for the $30 million apartment complex site. There will be a 75-25 split of tax increment finance funds to pay this debt.
  • A trio of housing developments should be completed/under construction at the southern central portion of Carmel near Range Line Road and the county border: Sunrise on the Monon, The Seasons and Monon Lake.
  • Other new developments include a remodel of the Kroger on Range Line Road, new apartments on the ATAPCO site off of Carmel Drive and the new Mormon Temple.
  • (USE ATAPCO PHOTOS and Map HERE, and KROGER photo here)
  • Cutline for Atapco map: The $75 million Atapco development on Carmel Drive east of Guilford Road. (Submitted map courtesy of Atapco Properties)
  • Cutline for Lakeside Corporate Center: Lakeside Corporate Center, will remain and become the center of the proposed development for the Atapco apartments. (Submitted photo)

Schools

  • Wahl

    Wahl

    Carmel Clay Schools are taking a step forward in strategic planning toward the future of the school district. According to Supt. Dr. Nicholas Wahl, the schools are looking to develop a shared vision and using parents, community leaders, teachers, administrators and students in order to obtain qualitative feedback toward this plan.

He said strategic planning is a “disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does and why it does it.”

Wahl said there has not been a long-term strategic plan in place for Carmel Clay Schools.

“We needed to be more systematic and strategic as we look at the student demographic in Carmel/Clay schools,” Wahl said, “Now we are moving into a different phase as we look at the student population. When we do redistricting it needs to be a longer plan.”

Decisions that will be made within the strategic plan will be researched based and supported by the stakeholders involved. Opportunities to participate in interviews, focus groups and/or surveys will be given to anyone who chooses to be involved within the community.

Carmel Clay Schools is partnering with ECRA Group, Inc., an established leader for 35 years in working with school districts for strategic planning purposes. This group will come and personalize a plan while supporting the plan with research findings that soon allows for immediate implementation.

ECRA Group, Inc. charges $185 an hour for assistance with a strategic plan.

The strategic planning for the next five years will be announced to the public in April 2015. The information will be released through a strategic plan report after being presented and reviewed to the Board of Education.

Parks

  • Westermeier

    Westermeier

    Excited dogs have been tugging their leashes waiting for the opening of Carmel’s highly anticipated Central Bark Park in 2015.

“There are quite a few people very eager to start using it,” said Carmel Clay Parks Director Mark Westermeier. “So I’m sure the community as a whole will be very interested.”

The park will be on 116th Street on the north side of Central Park and to the west of Range Line Road. A new entrance will be built to the north of Central Park with a new parking lot adjacent to the new dog park. It’s expected to be open by mid-summer 2015.

The park will be approximately two acres and will be fully enclosed by a four foot tall fence. A double-gated entrance will ensure dogs cannot escape easily as visitors come and go. Many existing trees will be preserved and incorporated into the dog area. There will be separate areas for small and large dogs, drinking water fountains for dogs and humans, a picnic shelter, restroom facilities and a new open meadow. There are preliminary plans on how to expand the park someday and cyclist and pedestrian connectivity is built into the plans.

There will be a membership fee, but Westermeier said pricing, rules and regulations will be finalized before the park opens.

New turf is currently planted and an irrigation system will be installed to maintain the green space.

The parks department is seeking corporate sponsors for the dog park. Interested parties can contact Lindsay Labas, marketing director for the parks department, at llabas@carmelclayparks.com or 573-4020.

  • The parks department will also work to repave the Monon Greenway from 96th Street to Carmel Drive in the spring and plan to also repave from 1st Street NW to 146th Street in the fall.
  • Construction should begin in the spring on a playground in Central Park that will open in the fall. The playground will be between the College Avenue entrance and the bridge on the south side of the road. Parks Director Mark Westermeier said he’s only working on a master plan for the 50 acres adjacent to the West Park and he’ll be seeking community input as they develop that land.

Taxes

Did you know that in 2015, the federal government is likely to start taxing online purchases? According to a study done by Columbia University: “Many online merchants that do not collect sales tax have a pricing advantage over traditional stores that must, under law, collect sales tax. Online shoppers are supposed to submit payment for tax due, but almost no one does. As a result, many online purchases are tax-free and cheaper than in-store purchases.” Although the bill to stop this was stalled in the House of Representatives in July, it will be revisited in 2015. To read more about tax changes and loopholes in 2015, go to Dough page…

Adam Aasen, Sophie Pappas, James Feichtner and Amanda Foust contributed to this report.


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Mayor John Ditslear looks over plans for Cabela’s, which will be built in 2015 adjacent to Hamilton Town Center.

Mayor John Ditslear looks over plans for Cabela’s, which will be built in 2015 adjacent to Hamilton Town Center.

Noblesville in 2015: A year preview

“I think the city is doing well. We’ve accomplished what we want to accomplish in 2014,” Mayor John Ditslear said. “We’re prepared to continue to do a great job.”

Ditslear said the city is progressing and growing. One of his goals of 2015 is creating and brining more jobs to the city to increase the commercial tax base. Other projects that residents should take note of this year include:

Election – This year’s ballots will change as Noblesville transitions to a Second Class City. The change means the Common Council will comprise nine members and not seven. Councilors will be elected from six redistricted areas of the city and three at-large members. Noblesville will have a mayor-appointed financial officer (comptroller) and an elected city clerk instead of a clerk-treasurer.

Plowing to be more effecient

Plowing to be more effecient

Better prepared for winter – Ditslear said the city’s second salt barn will be completed in the first quarter of 2015. The location at Eastside Park (near Klipsch Music Center) provides the city with salt storage on the east and west sides of the city. “It makes us more efficient,” he said. “Drivers will not have to travel to get salt. It will save fuel, time and lets us put more salt down quicker.”

Budget concerns – The Common Council approved a $522,000 red budget last month with plans to use cash reserves to fund the deficit. However, Ditslear said it has been a city tradition for years to spend less than the budget allows. While the city uses a conservative budget, “We’ll probably most likely turn back more than the deficit spending in 2014,” he said, “The budget is tight instead of us going back and asking for money every month.”

Federal Hill

Federal Hill

Parks

Bennett

Bennett

● Federal Hill – The newest city park will break ground this summer. Parks Dept. Director Brandon Bennett said the construction timeframe is 10 months. “It will be completed in 2016, most will be built in 2015, I hope,” said Ditslear. “We’ll certainly get a good start on that.” The creation of Federal Hill will connect the west side of White River to downtown, provide the city with another amentity and will serve as an economic spark to that area. Ditslear said Riverview Health has plans to expand into the old Kahlo lot.

● Dog Park – The city’s first park dedicated for canines will be started next year. Ditslear said there is a 6.5-acre parcel of the Firestone property located off of Pleasant Street where the soil has been extensively tested for safety, and the EPA has determined that a dog park would be an acceptable use for this property. “It’s such an ideal spot. We’re excited about that,” Ditslear said. Ditslear the plans provide the first revitalization of the Firestone property and is an amenity the city doesn’t currently offer. The estimated cost is $600,000 which includes the fenced area, parking lot, places to sit, restrooms and dog obstacles. Design work is being in-house and Bennett said alternative funding and grants are being sought to assist with costs.

● The parks department will hire a new recreation director following the retirement of Susie Davis in January.

● The department is working to partner with Ivy Tech to create recreation programming and space at the community college. Bennett said there is no timeline as the two work through plans and updates needed in the school.

● While Footgolf had a month of play this fall at Fox Prairie Golf Course, Bennett said the sport will be ramped up in 2015 including possible league play, tournaments and birthday packages with a party room.

Performing arts

● The Belfry Theatre is two shows into its 50th season. Upcoming performances for this season include: ” Bus Stop” by William Inge, Jan. 30 through Feb. 15; ” Noises Off” by Michael Frayn, April 3 through 19; “Nunsense” by Dan Goggin, May 29 through June 14; and the Apprentice Players (youth) show of  ” The Emperor’s New Clothes,” July 24 through Aug. 2.

● May 1 and 2 – Noblesville East Middle School’s Drama Club will host its annual performance.

Nickelback

Nickelback

● Klipsch Music Center will be announcing its lineup in the spring but five concerts on the books already include Lana Del Rey, May 28; Nickelback, July 11; Vans Warped Tour, July 29; 5 Seconds of Summer, Aug. 22; and Foo Fighters, Aug. 27.

● The Noblesville Parks Dept. Summer Concert Series lineup includes: Dillon Park, 6001 Edenshall Ln. – Living Proof, May 28; Ripple Effect, June 4; Endless Summer, June 11; 8 Miles High, June 18; and My Yellow Rickshaw, June 25; and Forest Park, 701 Cicero Rd. – Terry Lee & the Rockaboogie Band, July 9; Seth Bradley, June 16; Zanna-Doo, July 23; and Paul Butler as Elvis, July 30. As a special bonus show, Big Daddy Caddy will perform Aug. 6 at Southside Park, between Second and Third streets and Washington and Pleasant streets.

Aug. 3 begins the next school year.

Aug. 3 begins the next school year.

Schools

Two of the biggest questions facing the district ended up being easy answers with no changes. Earlier this month, Supt. Dr. Beth Niedermeyer recommended to the school board that no action take place on the potential school start time switch to begin and end elementary students’ days before middle and high school students. The second non-change was the school calendar. For the 2015-16 school year, Noblesville again will have a “balanced” calendar. School begins Aug. 3 and will end June 3, 2016. Two-week breaks include Oct. 12 through 23, Dec. 21 through Jan.1, and March 28 through April 8.

Residential Development

“It’s important to grow, but not too fast,” Ditslear said. “Four hundred single-family residence building permits (in 2014) is a reasonable number.”

The top six (three subdivisions and three apartment complexes) that are expected to begin work in 2015 include:

● Noble East

Lots: 497

Acreage: 259.5

Developer: Boomerang

Builder: Ryland and Pulte Homes

Location: 156th Street between Summer and Boden roads

Status: Construction plans approved, working on infrastructure and drainage. Will break ground in 2015.

 

Flagstone

Flagstone

● Flagstone

Lots: 150

Acreage: 72.96

Developer: Logan Limited

Builder: Silverthorne

Location: 166th Street and Summer Road

Status: Just approved by Noblesville Common Council in December. Groundbreaking expected in spring.

 

● Lake Forest

Lots: 144

Acreage: 80.28

Developer: Boomerang

Builder: Pulte Homes

Location: 161st Street and Hazel Dell Road.

Status: Lots have been dedicated and site work is underway.

 

Kirk Bend Apartments

Kirk Bend Apartments

● Kirk Bend Apartments (formerly Noble West)

Lots: Phase I – 344, overall 611.

Acreage: 37.105

Developer: Maefield Development

Location: Hazel Dell Road north of Edenshall Lane.

Status: Permits approved, work expected to begin in early 2015.

 

● Flats on 146th

Lots: 368

Acreage: 24.55

Developer: Domo Development

Location: 146th Street north of Promise Road Elementary School.

Status: Ground already broken, work expected to continue late winter or early spring.

 

● Millstone

Lots: 352

Acreage: 25.978

Developer: Sheehan Construction

Location: Northeast corner of 146th Street and Ind. 37.

Status: Construction plans approved; ground to be broken in 2015.

Taxes

Did you know that in 2015, the federal government is likely to start taxing online purchases? According to a study done by Columbia University: “Many online merchants that do not collect sales tax have a pricing advantage over traditional stores that must, under law, collect sales tax. Online shoppers are supposed to submit payment for tax due, but almost no one does. As a result, many online purchases are tax-free and cheaper than in-store purchases.” Although the bill to stop this was stalled in the House of Representatives in July, it will be revisited in 2015.

Law change?

Indiana municipalities could no longer annex property owners against their will if lawmakers follow recommendations of a study committee when they reconvene in January. A panel has recommended several changes to the state’s annexation code, including eliminating involuntary annexations and lowering the percentage of homeowners required for a remonstrance. Under the proposal, annexations could occur only if 51 percent or more of affected property owners agree. The percentage required to fight annexation is recommended to decrease to 51 percent for a remonstrance, compared with 65 percent currently.

Business Development

In 2014, Noblesville added $101 million to its tax base in ground or promised to be in ground. One initiative the city is creating for 2015 is “Grow here, Stay here.”

“The emphasis is on retaining those that are here to grow here and help them stay in the City of Noblesville,” Ditslear said.

Ditslear said land is available at the corporate campus but the city is determined to “recruit the right kind of business” to the area. Economic Development Director Judi Johnson said companies creating or expanding their businesses this year include:

Ind. 37 Corridor

Terry Lee Hyundai

Terry Lee Hyundai

● Terry Lee Hyundai facility, 17665 Terry Lee Crossing, southeast corner of Ind. 32 and Ind. 37, is progressing towards completion with a grand opening in March. The project creates 76 new jobs with a $1.7 million payroll. In addition to the car dealership anchor, the area has 33 developable acres for other tenants and businesses.

● Floors to Your Home, 16080 Prosperity Dr. just off Ind. 37 and Greenfield Avenue intersection, is a family owned discount flooring company. It will open in 2015 with a capital investment of $1.8 million. The store will add approximately 10 full time jobs and additional part time.

Hamilton Town Center /Exit 210

● Cabela’s, an outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear will open in the fall. It will hire approximately 170 full and part time employees for the 80,000 square foot facility. The store will be built in Cabela’s next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in a complete outdoor experience. The building’s exterior will reflect Cabela’s popular store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building.

● Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals expansion: Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals relocated its corporate headquarters and pharmaceutical division to 14450 Getz Rd. in the Saxony Business Park on Jan. 2. They acquired and fully renovated a 37,000 square foot building. Because of significant growth, they have recently acquired an additional 7 contiguous acres and will construct a 50,000 square foot expansion starting first quarter of 2015. The expansion will be used for the companies long term care pharmacy business and also provide space for additional business growth. Forty-seven jobs were relocated to Noblesville and Pharmakon expects to hire 150 new employees in the future. All phases of Pharmakon’s purchase and expansion will result in capital investments of real property totaling approximately $5.8 million and personal property investments totaling approximately $3.9 million.

● Zevacor Molecular: In 2014, Zevacor Molecular purchased a 72,000 square foot building at 14395 Bergen Blvd. in the Saxony Business Park. The building was purchased for $7 million and renovations are currently underway to accommodate the only commercially-owned 70 MeV Cyclotron dedicated to medical use in the United States. Personal property capital investments will total approximately $30 million. The facility will be used to manufacture medical isotopes used in the diagnostic imaging and therapies within oncology, neurology and cardiology. Manufacturing equipment also opens up the ability to research isotopes currently not widely available in the United States such as Copper-67, which is therapeutic for treating cancer. Zevacor will hire 46 high wage employees by December 2018.

● Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites will be coming to the Hamilton Town Center area at 13625 Tegler Dr. The 16,700 square foot hotel will have 123 rooms. It will likely open in the fall.

Downtown

ID Castings

ID Castings

● ID Castings: In October 2013, ID Castings purchased the old foundry, a previously underutilized and dilapidated multitude of buildings (which housed the still functioning staff of Indiana Ductile) on South Eighth Street. In 2014 they started their promised manufacturing equipment purchases which will result in expenditures of $31 million. Some equipment to be purchased includes a dust collector system, air filtration ductwork, hunter molding lines, a sand system and a process control system. The new owner also plans to invest $20 million to overhaul the facility. About half of the facility is targeted for demolition, an existing production line will be refurbished and two new lines are in the works.

The city welcomed 35 new businesses in 2014. They included: Vitamin Shoppe, JT Thomas Enterprises LLC, Rio Grande Fresh Mexican Grill, Wings Restaurant, V’s Pizza, Shelter Distribution, Anytime Fitness, Noblesville Orthodontics, Godby’s Furniture, Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals, Nova 29 office building, LA Fitness, Lings’s Oriental Martial Arts, Noblesville Kids Dentistry, Northpointe Pediatrics, Paxxal Pallets, Midwest Eye Institute, The Ville, Courtyard by Marriott, Americana Bank, 1st Signature, Jagger’s and at Hamilton Center: Charlotte Russe, Tucano’s Brazilian Grill, Vom Foss, Chuy’s Restaurant, Pandology, Crazy 8, Cookie Cutters, Perkin’s Restaurant, Neel Thredzy Spa, Yats and Noblesville Town Market (Shell station/Gandolfi’s New York Deli/Liquor store).

 


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