Rendering provided by RQAW
A proposed five-story Hamilton County parking garage (above), expected to be built at 225 N. Ninth St., in downtown Noblesville, would be used for county employee parking. With its stair tower, the five-story parking garage could be taller than The Levinson that’s currently under construction at Eighth and Maple.
Rendering provided by RQAW A proposed five-story Hamilton County parking garage (above), expected to be built at 225 N. Ninth St., in downtown Noblesville, would be used for county employee parking. With its stair tower, the five-story parking garage could be taller than The Levinson that’s currently under construction at Eighth and Maple.

If you’ve been sitting at home watching the virtual meetings of the Hamilton County Council and City of Noblesville Common Council, then you probably already know about the most recent updates on the proposed county-owned employee parking garage, which is expected to break ground on May 1.
The proposed parking garage, which was approved in 2020 for $9.5 million at 225 N. Ninth Street, between Eighth and Ninth and Clinton streets and an east/west alley in downtown Noblesville, would provide parking for 375 employees, at its current design, but could add an additional 100 spaces with a fifth fl0or, for an additional $2 million, if approved by the County Council, which heard the proposal last Wednesday. The top floor is uncovered.
Adding a fifth floor to the parking garage would bring the height of the building to 49 feet, 4 inches, but with a stair tower would be 60 feet, 6 inches, on the corners, making the corners taller than The Levinson, a $24.3 million mixed-use project with two levels below ground and five levels above ground, including a four-level parking garage that under construction at Eighth and Maple and stands about 50 feet high.
The four-story Hamilton County Courthouse stands at 145 feet tall, according to county historian David Heighway. Based on the City of Noblesville's adopted ordinance, the maximun height of the building cannot exceed 55 feet, according to the City's Department of Planning and Development.

“The whole intent was to make sure the Courthouse can always be seen,” County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt said on Wednesday.
He offered introductory information about the garage at Tuesday’s Noblesville Common Council meeting, supporting the additional floor of parking space, which would bring the total to 475 spaces, allowing for expected growth of employees, anticipating the recently approved seventh superior court in Hamilton County. “It makes sense to build now,” said Heirbrandt on Wednesday. “It’s projected we’re going to need that space sooner than later … We always build 20 years out.”
While county employees would be coming and going from the parking garage when the Courthouse opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m., departures from the garage are expected to be staggered as some employees work a little later than closing time. So traffic in the neighborhood of Ninth Street isn’t expected to be congested upon opening of the parking garage.
The county parking garage, which will be located in an empty lot behind the parking lot that serves Syd’s Bar & Grill, is expected to be an attractive project using the color palettes of reds and grays that are used on the Courthouse. “That’s what you’d expect to see when we’re done with the project,” said Sanjay Patel, project manager with RQAW engineering and architectural firm of Fishers. He was also lead architect for the $13.9 million Hamilton County Jail expansion, which in 2019 added 126 beds to the county jail. Mitch Hannum, regional manager for Garmong Construction Services in Indianapolis, was also in attendance to respond to questions.
Heirbrandt said the colors chosen for the building exterior would go nicely with the downtown historic district. He said they’ve already been overwhelmed with calls after the public saw the rendering’s “aesthetically pleasing” design. “I think it’ll fit that area very nicely and really blend with everything that’s happening downtown,” Heirbrandt said.
“We felt it blends in pretty well with the Square,” Patel added.
Construction workers during the construction will park off site and be transported to the construction zone. Clinton Street, between Eighth and Ninth streets, will be closed, but will have access to businesses.
The parking garage is among more than $135 million in downtown developments that are expected to come to Noblesville. A third parking garage within a proposed $49 million mixed-used development is expected to be built at Fifth and Conner streets in the location of McMillan’s Auto Care & Towing, 599 Conner St., and the county parking lot. The county lot has been sold for $4.5 million, which will go toward building the new county parking garage at Ninth and Clinton streets.
Among other business, Matt Skelton, an attorney with Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim in Noblesville, made a proposed development presentation for a 56-acre, 135-residence, high-density, new-home community called Marilyn Woods, by Apollo Developers with David Weekley Homes, to be built next to Marilyn Ridge at 141st Street and Marilyn Road in Fall Creek Township, Noblesville. The community would have three builder home collections with one section designed with alley-load homes. Weekley’s most recent new-home project is under construction in Suffolk at Oak Manor in Westfield.
Deputy Chief Shane Ginnan made a presentation and asked the Council to adopt changes made in the City’s animal ordinances, which had not been updated since 2004.
Council also approved the Noblesville Small Business Resilience Grant Agreements for 45 grant recipients. Also, the Council approved Erin Jennings would replace a vacancy of one of the Council’s appointments to the Parks Foundation Board.
Noblesville’s Council meetings ar0e regularly broadcast by Jim Wafford’s Hamilton County Television. Noblesville Common Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays that follow the second and fourth Monday of each month in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Noblesville Common Council will have its annual board retreat at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Forest Park Inn.

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