Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Star News Article on Tyner Woods

Star News Article on 02/19/13

CARMEL — Another gas station battle is brewing in Carmel — and this time it’s in an area that is already heavily commercialized.

An organized group of 172 homeowners in the Williamson Run subdivision, which sits north of 96th Street, wants a commitment from the developer of a new auto dealership that he will not build a 24-hour gas station.

The development is a new Butler Hyundai dealership planned for the northwest corner of 96th and Randall Road which feeds into the southern entrance to Williamson Run. The land already is zoned commercial.

Neighbors are worried that one of the outlots along 96th Street will be used for a gas station. They plan to voice their frustrations Tuesday night at the Carmel Plan Commission.

“We, in Williamson Run, have reached out to be engaged with the process of the development of the 19 acres of Tyner Woods and have met multiple times with the developer to express feedback on the developer’s proposals,” said David Frische, a spokesman for the neighborhood, in a prepared statement.

“Unfortunately, the developer has not been willing to provide any assurance that our concerns will be addressed.”

Jim Adams of Carmel-based Secure Development Inc., developer of the 96th Street property, said he is working on a response to the concerns raised by the homeowners, but he’s not sure all will be addressed in a way they want.

“We understand their concerns, we have talked to them repeatedly and I am sure we will continue to do that,” said Adams. “But we are not in full agreement on all of their points.”

The neighbors are wanting the same kind of assurances they fought for and won on an adjacent property to the east. Those assurances not only prevent a 24/7 gas station, but also prevents a fast-food restaurant or any other 24-hour business.

This new battle comes after another battle five miles to the north at 146th and Gray Road. Neighbors there were upset over similar plans for a 24/7 gas station. Their loud cries against that plan convinced the owner of the gas station to pull the plans and move the project further east toward the White River.