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Week in Review – 02-23-22

Would you look at that, Hamilton County? Another week has passed us by; if 2021 seemed to fly by, then 2022 is approaching supersonic speeds at this point. And while the snow may have stopped (only temporarily – another cold week seems to be coming), the news certainly has not. All around the county, exciting things are happening and we at The Times hope we can keep you up to date. Here are some of the biggest stories in Hamilton County from the last week.

(Rendering courtesy of the City of Noblesville)
The largest segment of the funding Noblesville received will go towards phase 1 of the Reimagine
Pleasent Street project, which aims to reduce congestion on SR 32 and improve east-west connectivity
in Noblesville.

The City of Noblesville has received a total of $12,219,034 from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (IMPO). This includes a new award of $10,359,670 for three major infrastructure projects within the city and increased financial support in the amount of $1,859,364 for two previously awarded projects. The IMPO governing board approved the grants during its meeting this morning.

“We are grateful to have IMPO’s and the Noblesville Common Council’s partnership and support with these projects. All of the new projects and the previously awarded trail projects will provide better and safer mobility in our city,” Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen said.

Noblesville had three of the 30 Central Indiana projects that were awarded a total of $78 million.

(Photo courtesy of Jen Kauffman)
Hamilton Heights’ senior Belle Neiling has signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Franklin College Grizzlies in Franklin, Indiana this fall. Neiling is pictured with her family (l-r); parents Amie and Tony Neiling and brothers Theo and Eli.

Belle Neiling, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play softball for Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana this fall. Franklin College is a member of the Heartland Conference and a NCAA Division III athletic institution. She is the daughter of Amie and Tony Neiling.

“I fell in love with Franklin College during my first visit,” recalls Belle Neiling, of one of Indiana’s oldest liberal arts institutions. “Meeting with Softball Head Coach, Angie Bain, sealed the deal.” Neiling said she plans to be active at Franklin College and in the community while earning a double major in psychology and sociology and minor in criminal justice to ultimately earn her doctorate in criminal psychology.

(Rendering courtesy of the City of Fishers)
The development proposed by CRG (above) will add an additional 380 multi-family units, 66 townhomes, and more than 35,000 square feet of additional new retail space, as well as expanding the White River passive nature park by 25 acres.

CRG Residential announced today a $98 million mixed-use project at the northwest corner of 96th Street and Allisonville Road. The project will include multi-family, townhomes, and commercial retail space situated next to the recently announced 98-acre parkland to the west. The City of Fishers, in close partnership with CRG, also announced the reconstruction of the Michigan Left intersection into a roundabout.

Additionally, CRG Residential has committed to donate the land required for the roundabout and an additional 25 acres of non-floodplain land to increase the size of adjacent parkland, totaling 123 acres for the White River passive nature park.

If you’ve driven by Noblesville’s Federal Hill Commons this week, then you likely noticed that the parking lot and market plaza are starting to be demolished in preparation for the $50 million planned Village at Federal Hill apartment/parking garage project.

It’s a public-private project between the City and Old Town Companies with 220 living units and 31,700 square feet of commercial retail space. The project was announced at Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen’s 2020 State of the City address. The project’s first phase will be a five-story, mixed-use building connected to the garage at the east end of the property, according to Athletics. That building will feature 77 residential units and could include up to 1,000,000 square feet for non-residential uses. Three other buildings are planned as part of the project: Two four-story buildings and a three-story building with two levels of office space over ground-floor retail are in the plans.