During its annual August meeting Aug. 24, the Little League International Board of Directors approved an offer from Whitestown to relocate its Central Region Headquarters. This development will move forward pending the completion of a formal agreement.
“After a thorough evaluation of local communities within the Central Region, the Little League International Board of Directors (is) pleased that this opportunity involving Whitestown was presented to us, and we are looking forward to seeing what the community has to offer,” said Little League International Board of Directors Chairman Hugh E. Tanner. “This opportunity takes us one step closer to finding a home for our Central Region Headquarters, and we are excited to see how the Whitestown community can support little leaguers throughout the region.”
The headquarters location was initially planned for a 15-acre property at 8602 E. County Road 500 S. in Zionsville, along with a 78-home subdivision by Pulte Homes. For months leading up to finalizing development plans, remonstrators expressed concerns with the attached subdivision. A group of Zionsville residents launched a petition in early June. Shortly after the petition gained supporters, Little League announced it would look elsewhere for its headquarters.
During Zionsville’s June 19 plan commission meeting, Matt Price, a Zionsville-based attorney, spoke on behalf of Little League International and Pulte Homes, notifying the town that the organization would not be moving forward with plans for the headquarters. At a July 10 Zionsville Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, Price withdrew a filing with the board for several zoning variances that would have been a vital step for the Pulte development.
Little League International plans to work with Whitestown officials and community members to reach an agreement and develop the recently approved space.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.