94 apartments, 14 townhomes proposed near Main, Old Meridian streets 


The developer of the Avant Apartments is hoping to expand the community.

A second phase is proposed on 3.82 acres near the southwest corner of Old Meridian and Main streets north of the existing apartments. The proposed expansion includes 94 apartments in a four-story, 135,000-square-foot building and 14 townhomes. The apartments would front Old Meridian Street, while the townhomes would front Fairfax Manor Drive.

The Carmel Plan Commission reviewed the proposal from Edward Rose Development at its Aug. 18 meeting at City Hall.

City of Carmel Planning Administrator Rachel Keesling said the city’s planning staff supports the proposal.

“We really like the look of it. We think it will complete the streetscape very nicely,” she said. “It’s similar enough to know the two (phases of Avant) go together, but it’s not too similar it looks like a copy.”

Amenities planned for the apartments include a fitness center, bike parking, co-working space and resident lounge. It will have 151 parking spaces, including 20 garage spaces residents can rent.

No one spoke in favor or against the proposal at the plan commission meeting, and the city hasn’t received any written comments on the matter.

The commission’s commercial committee is expected to discuss the proposal at its next meeting before sending it back to the full plan commission for a vote.

Commission supports Courtyards of Carmel

The Carmel Plan Commission unanimously voted to rezone nearly 60 acres on the northeast corner of 136th Street and Keystone Parkway for the Courtyards of Carmel, an age-restricted neighborhood developed by Epcon Communities.

Developers dropped the number of proposed homes from 169 to 149 primarily by removing those originally proposed south of a historic home on the property. Developers also added mini-roundabouts in the neighborhood and agreed not to connect a stub street to Smokey Ridge Trail.

The proposal will head to the Carmel City Council for a final vote.