Lebanon Reporter

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July 17, 2013

Seeds planted for The Farm to become reality

The Zionsville Plan Commission voted unanimously to send the petition to rezone the nearly 62 acres on the southwest corner of Michigan Road and Sycamore Street for The Farm to the Town Council with a favorable recommendation.

The property, owned by Pittman Partners LLC, was rezoned from a residential use to a planned use development.

While the commissioners voted unanimously 6 to 0 Monday, with Jay Parks absent, there were concerns raised by the public.

Gregory Zubek, an attorney representing J. William Ferree, voiced several concerns his client had with the proposal.

“My client and his neighbors are not averse to a PUD at this location,” Zubek said. “However, this proposal creates problems, leaves too many things open and raises some concerns.”

One of the concerns was that the area along Sycamore Street, where Ferree lives, would be used for office and retail space.

“We understand that this property will be developed, and we are interested in what will be developed,” Zubek said. “However, we feel that the Sycamore Street side should respect and reflect the longstanding residential nature of Sycamore Street.”

Zubek said the item his client found most objectionable was the types of uses permitted in the office/retail area.

“It’s one thing to have several smaller offices like a doctor or dentist,” he said. “It’s a completely different thing to have a host of commercial uses such as banks, general retail sales places, coffee shops, delicatessens like a Shapiro’s with all that traffic, right across the street from my client and his neighbors.”

Zionsville resident Doug Rapp was among many who voiced support for the project.

“I think this project was exhaustively researched to meet the needs and standards of the town,” he said. “My family and I are thrilled with the idea of a specialty grocery store possibly coming to town, and restaurants including a Shapiro’s.”

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