8/18/2014 11:39:00 PM New development coming to area near Spring Mill and 161st
By Gary Blackburn Westfield Correspondent
New development is coming to the area around 161st Street and Spring Mill Road in Westfield.
The Westfield Area Plan Commission approved a rezoning tonight that will permit the Kroger store in that area to expand by 80,320 square feet. An existing fuel center will be relocated to a vacant lot along Spring Mill.
The existing gas station will be demolished and turned into a new park with pedestrian trails and seating.
Tree plantings will be added as a buffer to the north and the railroad theme of Spring Mill Station, as recommended by the task force of neighbors, will be followed.
The plan moves to the Westfield City Council for final approval.
On the southeast corner of the intersection of Spring Mill and 161st, Cooperstown Partners proposed a new CVS drug store, a medical office building and some retail. A zoning change from agriculture to planned unit development was requested. The Spring Mill Station Task Force endorsed the project following modifications by the developer.
The board also heard from MI Homes, developer of the Water's Edge subdivision, requesting a change in side yard setbacks from the existing 6 feet to 5 feet to accommodate three-car garages. Neighbors appeared to oppose some of the changes next to existing homes.