A changing landscape: Developments in Westfield open, undergo construction


Nearly every week it seems construction begins on a new development or a new business opens in Westfield — all of which is changing the city’s landscape. In addition to the recent opening of the Monon Trail bridge spanning Ind. 32, many other developments across Westfield also are moving forward.


There are several developments under construction or completing ground work in the northern quadrant of Westfield near Grand Park. They include:

  • Primrose at Grand Park: A $1 million day care facility that is under construction.
  • Charles Towne Apartments: The apartments are in the Grand Park Village. Ground work is being completed on the $20 million project.
  • Kiddie Academy:  An early learning center near Chatham Commons and 191st Street, the $3.375 million is almost complete.


Wheeler Landing is a 300-plus acre development at Ind. 32 and Wheeler Road. Some of its proposals have been approved, including Portillo’s, a Chicago-based hot dog and Italian beef restaurant. Zoning for Portillo’s has not been approved but is expected to happen in this month. Another development is the Coyne Veterinary Clinic, which is under construction at an estimated cost of $3.5.

EdgeRock Development developer Birch Dalton, although he’s not developing the Portillo’s project, said all of the Westfield developments bring a healthy competition to the area.

“The badge of honor in Westfield is getting Portillo’s built,” he said. “To have a high-quality, national company like Portillo’s build in Westfield only allows all other developments to attract new business. Westfield is a great place to build.”


Several shopping centers are opening along Ind. 32 through Westfield, including:

  • Oak Ridge Shoppes: The $1 million development recently opened and is at the southwest quadrant of Oak Ridge Road and Ind. 32. Tenants include I Heart Mac and Cheese, Tropical Smoothie Café and H20 Nail & Massage.
  • Monon Crossing Shoppes: The $3.7 million development recently opened and is south west of Ind. 32 and Wheeler Road. Tenants include Salad Works, Angel Nail Salon, Chipotle and Burger King.
  • Birdie’s: The miniature golf course portion of the $2 million project is already open and its restaurant portion is near completion.
  • Firestone: The auto care company’s $1.5 million project opened at the southeast quadrant of Carey Road and Ind. 32.
  • Tire Discounters: The auto care company was completed last year northeast of Grassy Branch Road and Ind. 32 at a cost of $1.5 million.
  • The Goddard School: The $3 million project is under construction on Ind. 32 west of Tractor Supply Co.
  • Grassy Branch Marketplace: A tenant building with Ace Hardware, it is northeast of Grassy Branch Road and Ind. 32 and is under construction. The project costs $10 million. 
  • Meijer: Ground work is being completed at the proposed Meijer at the southeast quadrant of Ind. 32 and Spring Mill Road. The estimated project cost is $15 million.


Another emerging development area is near the junction of Spring Mill Road and 161st Street. The project includes Spring Mill Grand Station, a multi-tenant, $3 million development project under construction at the northwest quadrant of Spring Mill Road and 161st Street. Pending tenants include Joe’s Grille, Quack Daddy Donuts and Big League Barber. Apartments are planned to the south of the project.

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A rendering of The Trails Apartments. (Submitted rendering)


Dalton has two developments underway. The Trails apartments, slated for the southeast quadrant of Oak Ridge Road and 175th Street, will bring 230 units to the area. Construction is anticipated to start this fall and finish by winter 2021 or spring 2022.

Big Woods Restaurant recently signed a lease for an 8,000-square-foot site in a 30,000-square-foot retail center at the southwest quadrant of U.S. 31 and Ind. 32. Site work for Big Woods is anticipated to begin this fall and open by summer 2021.


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