CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - Two disputed issues are in front of city planners in Carmel: gas and guns.
24-Hour News 8 asked Mayor Jim Brainard for an evaluation of both discussions, so far.
When the proposal for an indoor gun range became public, a few weeks ago, Brainard had reservations. This week, he told 24-Hour News 8 "I would prefer that it be out in the country, in case something didn't work well."
But, the proposal is for a piece of land at 969 Rangeline Road. It's a used car dealership now. The owners of an Ohio company want to transform the property into the Point Blank Range and Gun Shop.
Brainard said the company has "a good reputation in Cincinnati and are good corporate citizens and take their responsibility for that type of activity very seriously. But, he expects Carmel's Plan Commission to take the proposal just as seriously and make sure the project is "done in a safe way."
The zoning on the land in Carmel already designates a gun range as an approved use of the property. So, planners must address technical issues in order to influence the project.
Brainard said he's concerned about the population density in the area. Apartments are nearby, along with a fast food restaurant and a path linked to the Monon Trail.
"We want to make certain that proper walls and all the safety features that are needed are built into that building."
The other issue under review is a gas station that's proposed for the southwest corner of 146th Street and River Road.
At a recent meeting in Carmel, critics of the project expressed concern about the location. They said, since the area is a source of water, they would be afraid of contamination, if there an leak at such a gas station.
Brainard said Carmel has wells in the area.
So, "water quality is very important." If it's "designed properly," the Mayor told us, "we need not go so far as to prohibit the station altogether."
Both proposals will get further review by Carmel planners in August.
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