Saturday, January 24 2009
The developers of new west side development have to reassess their plans for a mix use development of student housing and commercial business development.
Majestic Place, LLC has met with opponents to find a solution to build on the 220 acres they own. Some of the most common concerns had to do with the intersection of the West Lloyd Expressway and
Earlier this week, representatives of Majestic Place LLC met with opponents about their plans to have roughly 220 acres northwest of the
Some of the most common concerns had to do with the intersection of the West Lloyd Expressway and
“I don’t think we have ruled out anything that was discussed,” Pfeiffer said. “Some of the things are not reasonable, but there will be changes I’m pretty sure.”
According to plans, about 110 acres at
Pfeiffer’s land is now zoned for agriculture. That designation will have to be changed before the project can proceed.
The Area Plan Commission recommended the rezonings in November and the Vanderburgh County Commissioners were to vote on them Tuesday. But to give the developers and opponents time to reach a compromise, the commissioners agreed to postpone their decision.
Pfeiffer said it’s too early to identify any specific changes which may come out of the talks. The cost of the various proposal must be weighed to see which are practical.
He was also unsure when
One of the residents’ primary concerns is the intersection of the West Lloyd Expressway and
The traffic will only increase once the parkway is extended to
To prevent vehicles from backing up on the Lloyd Expressway, the right of way at the intersection was given to cars coming from the east and turning left onto
The intersection is the chief concern of H. Ray Hoops, USI president, who otherwise declined to comment on
Fred Padget, a member of the assocation’s land-use committee, said he would like a solution that avoids placing stoplights on
“We made lots of mistakes on Highway 41 and the Lloyd Expressway,” he said. “Let’s not repeat that.”
Pfeiffer said the intersection troubles would exist with or without
Still, he recognizes the developers will have to find a way to ease the flow of traffic going to and from
The residents also worry about the types of businesses which may be allowed to open shop in
Critics would prefer the zoning be lowered to “C2,” noting that is the designation for the site of the Target shopping center on the
“It is one of the aesthetically pleasing developments in
He and others also want certain establishments banned from
Les Shively, an attorney representing the developers, said the developers had already agreed to ban many of them before the meeting this week.
“Whenever you do a development, you to try make it a profitable venture,” he said. “C4 could developer more options.”
Maintaining the appearance of the area is also important to many. Steve Anslinger, who lives near the university on
“We thought we were land locked,” he said. “But you know it’s
Pfeiffer said he is especially dismayed by assertions that he would do anything to detract from the beauty of the area. Over the years, he has spent much time and money planting trees and improving the lake.
“They are concerned about what I would do to these beautiful things I have created,” Pfeiffer. “There are thousands of trees here. I didn’t do that to go out and destroy it.”