Residents near Spring Mill Road and 96th Street are raising questions about a proposed medical center. The hospital group hasn’t been publicly disclosed, but the development, represented by Ambrose Property Group and Bremner Real Estate, would include nine buildings and four parking garages and cost up to $1 billion.
The first public hearing is set for April 17 before the Carmel Plan Commission at Carmel City Hall. The matter will be sent to committee prior to a full commission vote, likely in June. If the matter is sent to the Carmel City Council, possibly in August, there would be another public hearing prior to a city council vote. Developers expect a council vote could come in September, according to a letter they sent out.
Some neighbors have set up a legal defense fund to challenge the rezoning of the property, and they are considering hiring experts to review the situation. Murray Clark, an attorney at Faegre Baker Daniels, represents the Cedar Knolls Homeowners Association in the rezone process.
In a letter from Bremner Real Estate, the developer said Ambrose Bremner Healthcare is “prepared to purchase all 13 homes in Lacoma Estates,” which is next to the proposed project. Lynda Cook, who lives in Lacoma Estates on Copley Place, said she feels pressured by the developer to sell her home. If she doesn’t, she is concerned the property value will drop if it backs up to the hospital.
Other homeowners who live a little farther from the site also are concerned.
Dana Cristee, who lives a mile away at 106th Street and Spring Mill, said the project will affect her neighborhood as well.
“I’m concerned about traffic and noise and the light,” she said. “We built our home here almost 18 years ago, and we were always told the west side of Spring Mill would always remain residential.”
She said there are too many unanswered questions about the project, such as which hospital is involved and why there is a need for it at this site.
“I understand developers don’t want to reveal everything, but this has been shrouded in secrecy,” she said. “The site plan shows two helipads, and I’m disappointed that they haven’t showed the entire plan to neighbors.”
Some Marion County residents south of 96th Street also have raised objections.
Sally Page, president of the Belle Meade Homeowners’ Association, said her neighborhood supports Carmel residents in opposing the rezone.
“It would change our little corner of Marion County forever and cause much hardship to the residents of Belle Meade and our surrounding neighbors,” she said. “Dozens of neighborhoods are opposed, both in Carmel and Indianapolis. Sometimes, you have to admit that some things are just plain wrong. This is one of those times.”