They could have made it anything. Apartments. A vinyl village. A big box retailer.
Brothers Steve and Chad Pittman were approached by all of these possibilities for their family’s high profile land at the southwest corner of Michigan Road and Sycamore Street.
But instead, the Pittmans filed Tuesday, May 14, plans for The Farm, a mixed-use development they say will be their family’s “legacy project.”
The plan was to be filed as a planned unit development, which would give the Pittmans total control over zoning and development standards, including specific guidelines included in the Michigan Road zoning overlay area.
The Pittmans have spent the last 18 months in weekly meetings across the country looking for the best in retail, residential and office development. “We’re very patient,” Chad Pittman said.
“We want to get a good plan approved that we can take out and show the world,” Steve Pittman said. “They’ve said no to a lot of things. This is a way for Zionsville to say ‘yes, we are open for business.’”
Zionsville director of planning and economic development Wayne DeLong said town’s strategic plan calls for a mixed use project on the site. The strategic plan labels the corner a “gateway district” and stresses in importance of architecture since the location is a main entrance into town.
“We’d have to first review the petition to make sure that it’s met the standards,” DeLong said Monday, May 13. “The town’s expectations are very high.”
If the plan passes the initial review, it will be set for discussion at the next Zionsville Plan Commission meeting at 7 p.m. June 17. The plan commission could give a favorable or unfavorable recommendation to the Zionsville Town Council, which has the final say on approving the PUD.
Click here to download the site plan .pdf for The Farm.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.