UPDATE: An attorney retained by IFA has sent a letter on 3/9/18 to City-County Councillor Colleen Fanning — explaining why her attempt to “call down” the decision already certified by the Council is at best, poor policy, and at worst, grounds for a lawsuit. Read the letter here.
Urban forests clean our air, buffer the urban heat island effect, reduce flooding, and provide habitat for many plants & animals. Which makes the intentional and unintentional degradation and elimination of green space in Indianapolis all the more alarming. Too often, as seen in IFA’s campaign to defend the North Woods at Crown Hill Cemetery, developers don’t consider the benefits of urban forests.
An explosion of development has wiped out virtually all of the once relatively abundant forest and greenspace in north central Marion County over the last 20 to 50 years and now Haverstick Woods, located at the northeast corner of 86th St. & Haverstick Road, is facing an imminent threat from development. Keystone Realty is proposing to build “Alexander at the Crossing,” a two-story retail/office space.
In October 2017, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC) voted to keep the current zoning at the NE corner of 86th St. & Haverstick Road, thereby preventing the destruction of the woods. The MDC staff, prior to the vote, recommended the denial of the developer’s request to zone the land for a mixed-use two-story building, citing the “threat commercial use would have on the stability of the residential neighborhood along the corridor.”
The closest neighborhood, Driftwood Hills, opposes the “Alexander at the Crossing” development. Read more.
And now, Indianapolis City-County Councillor Colleen Fanning is attempting to reverse the decision of the MDC through a full-council vote at the Monday, March 12 Council meeting.
Indiana Forest Alliance and Driftwood Hills Neighborhood understand it is not feasible at this point in time to advocate for no development on the site. So, we are advocating for a development that maintains the residential character of the neighborhood and preserves as much forested green space as possible.
Here’s how Indianapolis residents can help: Please contact your City-County Councillor and ask them to support the MDC’s decision and vote “NO!” on the proposal to reverse said decision. Click here to enter your address & find out who your City-County Councillor is. Once you know who your City-County Councillor is, click here to view their contact information.
SUPPORTING MATERIAL TO VIEW or DOWNLOAD:
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Indianapolis City-County Councillors
Councilor Christine Scales Letter of Support
Blog: Eleven Reasons to Leave Haverstick Woods Standing by Clarke Kahlo
Blog: Save Haverstick Woods by Stacey Clark
Blog: Haverstick Woods, A Compromise by Stacey Clark
Press Release (10-2-17): Neighbors & Forest Advocates Plan for Vigorous Debate at Wednesday’s Zoning Hearing for Northeast Side Development
Press Release (10-4-17): Metropolitan Development Commission Votes Against Development
(5-25-17) Development plans near 86th and Keystone draw anger from neighbors
(5-25-17) Nora residents angered about development plans near 86th and Keystone
(10-4-17) Developer’s plan for $20M Office Building on woodlands rejected
(2-25-17) Indianapolis Nora Residents try to work it out with Keystone Realty Group