By Chris Pappas
Holliday Road and the surrounding farmland has been a centerpiece of Zionsville’s natural beauty and historic allure. Now, construction for a development that includes an 18-hole championship golf course, 9-hole executive golf course, 450 luxury homes and nature trails for hiking and walking is under way on Holliday Farms. Henke Development Group intends to use tactful planning and impactful conservation strategies to enhance the allure rather than tarnish it.
Homes in the Holliday Farms development will range from $600,000 to $2.5 million. There will be a small town center with commercial businesses, such as coffee shops and restaurants. Holliday Road will be turned into Holliday Road Trail, for walking and biking, that will connect to Turkey Foot Park.
According to Steve Henke, president of Henke Development, 80 percent of the original trees on the property will remain. In addition, a vast amount of land north and south of the town will be reforested by Henke Development.
“We are committed to planting about 25,000 trees (50 acres) and restoring a forested area on the banks of the White River in a nearby local county park,” Henke said. “We have committed to plant an additional 40 acres of trees and restoring wooded habitat in a couple fields next to a creek south of Indianapolis for a wildlife habitat. We will also be planting thousands of trees at Holliday Farms over the next four or five years and are preserving extensive wooded buffers along Eagle Creek for wildlife as well as almost all of the wetlands.
“We have also preserved the woods on (Ind.) 421 on both sides of the entry to Holliday Farms to preserve the feeling one has when entering Holliday Road now.”
Jonah Evans, a lifelong Zionsville resident who lives on Holliday Road, initially opposed the development.
“I was pretty upset that they would disrupt and change such a beautiful piece of land, especially to build another golf course,” he said. (But I’m) happy to hear the developers are taking some measures to replant and such.”
The famous red bridge which recently collapsed in an accident will be part of the development. A new road is being built for residents to have safer access to Michigan Road. At the request of Henke Development Group, Boone County is rebuilding the bridge exactly as it was, down to the red paint.