Zionsville front door plan moves forward | News
It has been preparing for almost two years.
Zionsville Mayor Emily Styron and the City of Zionsville administration have started the process of finding the right plan for the Zionsville Access Area (ZGA), leading to the Brick Street Village Business District .
The underdeveloped area is south of Brick Street, includes the intersection of Sycamore and Main streets, to Creekside Nature Park to the east and bordered by private property to the west.
“It was a big reason I ran for mayor,” Styron said. “I have lived in Zionsville for 21 years and what has been a constant is this underdeveloped area that should be Zionsville’s crown jewel, leading people to our brick street. I remember a few buildings that came in and being excited about what was to follow – nothing came.
During the first six months of the ZGA project, the city demolished the PNC bank and a locksmith building owned by the city. Then, in the fall of 2021, public consultation meetings were held to find out what the public concerns were, what the logistical issues were with the property, and how to develop the land, so that it would best serve the community. possible.
“The whole Gateway plan is to engage, and not just for the business owners and residents of this area, but for everyone in Zionsville. We want to keep our authenticity. We want to take care of our land and bring the community together around this plan, ”said Styron.
Areas began to form on the map of the plot of land: a space for residential, commercial, mixed-use opportunities and a public plaza. Infrastructure was a big topic, going through the challenges of low power lines, flood plans and reorientation of roads.
At the public input meetings, community members raised concerns about traffic jams, architecture complementing existing older buildings, green spaces, public gathering spaces and more.
“One thing we’ve learned from COVID as a city, nation and world, we really appreciate these opportunities for outdoor activities, dining and other events,” Styron said. “We have integrated a plan to take part of the property for a pedestrian square. The plan itself is generated by audience responses, and it reflects what the community has said is an ideal usage model.
For those who follow through the process, scenario two is the official selection.
The space includes a residential area for houses or townhouses, several mixed-use areas for businesses on the ground floor with offices above or something similar, a large public plaza, including walking paths and connections and green spaces to improve these pedestrian areas.
“The first thing we need to work on is the road realignment project. Our infrastructure team works with engineering, and then we’ll start construction, ”Styron said.
With infrastructure changes and a multi-tiered construction plan based on availability, Styron estimates that much of the project will be completed within the next two years.
“Some of these areas will have to wait until the road network is in place, but developers and landowners now have a certainty of what the future will look like,” Styron said. “We have made every effort to eliminate the risks for owners and real estate developers who wish to invest in the area and we are absolutely ready.”
While the ZGA project is still in its early stages, Styron says they are just getting started.
“There’s a lot of different things happening across Zionsville for the first time in a long time,” she said.
For a complete overview of the ZGA project, visit the website at https://www.zionsvillegatewayarea.com.