By Sam Elliott
The Fishers City Council approved a new plan for the development of 211 acres of land at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport at its July meeting.
City staff developed a new plan, resulting in a new memorandum of understanding with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, which approved the plan at its July meeting days before the Fishers City Council.
“The mayor has encountered a number of corporate citizens that were looking for more campus feels. These are folks that employ north of 500 that weren’t just looking for a building; they wanted to develop a campus,” Fishers Director of Economic Development Brandon Dickinson said. “Given our track record to attract new companies, we’ve gone back to the Airport Authority and discussed with them whether the original MOU that said once we have this master plan approved we take it to an RFP process, maybe there’s a better way to do that that involves the City of Fishers being the master developer so to speak. We can create nodes and niches as we attract these companies to land their 30-acre campus development and placing them where we see fit on the map versus having a singular master developer whose only interest is to turn it around as fast as possible.”
The city’s plan calls for employment nodes and research and development sections, plus parks and open space and a potential park-and-ride, but no retail developments. “Clean” manufacturing would be preferred due to the land’s proximity to Richey Woods Nature Preserve.
The Airport Authority also approved the city’s plan to donate approximately 12 acres of land to the adjacent Richey Woods Nature Preserve either through easements or purchase.