Lids cleared yet another hurdle Wednesday night, Feb. 19, but the hat and sports apparel manufacturer still has one more before beginning work on its corporate headquarters.
The Zionsville Plan Commission unanimously approved plans for the 150,000-square-foot headquarters located at Creekside Corporate Park at Zionsville along 106th Street between Zionsville Road and Bennett Parkway. Lids must still receive town council approval for tax abatements before beginning construction. The council will consider the abatement request during its Monday, March 3, meeting.
“What we have here is a significant development that we see as a landmark for Lids relocating its corporate headquarters and for Zionsville,” said Brandon Bogan, of CSO Architects. “It will be 150,000 square feet fully occupied by Lids. The building placement is central to the site, which would provide parking on all sides.”
Bogan said the building would be made of a darker precast concrete on the base of the building, a lighter version on the upper portion of the building and a third type of precast as an accent. The building will also have a large glass and window component.
“I would like to congratulate Lids and welcome them to the community,” President Allan Rachles said after the vote. “This is the second big project we’ve approved in the past year; the other one being FedEx. In both cases, there have been pleasant negotiations with the town council, with the plan commission and with the petitioner to get the project done. I’m very proud of what’s been accomplished. The plan commission has agreed to a lot; Lids has agreed to a lot, and we wish you the best.”
Construction Manager Dale Dillon said he expects to begin construction early to midsummer and have the project complete and building occupied by early 2016.
Before work can begin, the town council must approve a 10-year, 50-percent abatement on both personal property and real property.