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March 12, 2018



According to a lawsuit on file in federal court here in Indianapolis, a certain developer who owned land on College Avenue researched available government handouts that he could qualify for to cover the cost of development of his parcels, one of which was "transit oriented development" (TOD)grants. The man who filed the federal lawsuit claimed that the City drug its feet in approving his plans, and he lost the property because of such delays. Another well-connected developer now owns the properties. However, TOD grants are now in limbo. I think they're hoping to revive this program somehow. Not likely with the current Administration.

TOD grant programs follow the urbanism principles of: "pack 'em and stack em'"-- Tall apartments on or near mass transit lines, replacing single family homes, which urbanists believe is a better use of urban property, and it gets rid of individual cars, too, which they don't like. When you hear phrases such as "walkable" or "mixed-use", you are speaking to an urbanism disciple.

This explains why certain powers that be wanted Red Line on College Avenue. Demand for public transportation is low in this area, but there are developers who want to put up tall, modern design apartment buildings with retail below: mixed-use. However, there are areas of the City where demand for public transportation is high, but certain developers don't own land in these neighborhoods. Logically, isn't the tax money needed to subsidize public transportation better used for those who depend on the bus, versus those who can afford to own a car?

The Meridian Kessler Land Use Plan was amended to support both rapid transit and tall apartments. Most people living in the area knew nothing about it until they became aware of the Milhaus (previously TWG) project at College and Kessler and until Red Line was well underway. There is massive opposition to both from nearby neighbors.

When were the citizens of Indianapolis asked whether we supported urbanism principles? Is it in the City's best interests to run off single family homeowners and to replace their homes with tall apartment buildings subsidized by taxpayers? A massive influx of rental properties hurts property values.

Jim Fuquay

I'm not going to debate the land use issue here. However, I do want to use this space to shout loudly that some city leaders and business development proponents do everything they can to obfuscate and hamstring transparency until they have the upper hand for their pet developments--you know that put money and influence in their pockets. Later, the dumb and dumber (no pejorative intended here) wake up to find out they have been hoodwinked.

Tim Stevens

We have been fighting tooth and toe nail with these urbanization proponents to include MKNA who we feel has sold out our neighborhood. We have been shouted down by MKNA and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Committee who we feel has been stacked with bought and paid for officials to rubber stamp these changes to our local neighborhood zoning laws. It is unbelievable.

Tim Stevens Meridian Kessler Home Owner.

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