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Carmel residents fight townhomes in long-standing neighborhood

Carmel, Indiana, residents fight neighborhood development plan

Aleah Hordges | News 8 at 5 p.m.

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – The Carmel Plan Commission heard from people Tuesday night about a proposal for a rezoning in a long-standing neighborhood along Main Street near North Guilford Road.

A private developer has proposed to tear down a house in the first block of Sherman Drive to build four multifamily townhomes and a parking lot. It sits on a half-acre of land. Many concerned neighbors told News 8 that they oppose the proposal.

A residential committee of the Plan Commission will meet 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at City Hall to consider the comments from Tuesday night’s meeting.

Jacki Johnston, a neighbor from across the street from the proposed site, said, “We just feel that this is a residential area and we want to keep it that way and the plans that they have just seems too big for the lot that they want to put it there.”

The Carmel Plan Commission on Aug. 20, 2019, talks about plans for townhomes at Main Street and Sherman Drive. (Photo From Livestream/City of Carmel)

“Just down the street you’ve got apartment after apartment, condominium after condominium, building up. Why do we feel a need to put another one right smack in the middle of a neighborhood?” Johnston said.

Pam Avenies said, “That housing hasn’t even been sold or filled up yet and so the density of housing and the amount of increased traffic it’s going to cause is a concern.”

Neighbors are afraid more new developments will be added on Sherman Drive in the future if the Plan Commission approves the proposal.

A home sits at 7 Sherman Drive in Carmel, Indiana, on Aug 20, 2019. (WISH Photo)

“It seems like Carmel has this idea that they just want to tear everything down and make things new, and I think people are starting to resent that they want their homes to stay homes,” Johnston said.

People in the community hope the Plan Commission decision goes in their favor.

“I really hope that the zoning commission listens with a good ear toward what the neighbors’ concerns are and not just be driven by the idea of development and money,” Avenies said.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.

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