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Town of Whitestown announces $135 million mixed-use development

Feb 5, 2021 | News

The Town of Whitestown has announced plans for the development of the former Wrecks Inc. automobile junkyard along Indianapolis Road.

The proposal, a joint venture between Milhaus and Homefield, includes a youth sports environment, hotel, water park, housing, retail space, and more.

“This project is the first of its kind in Boone County,” said Whitestown Town Manager Jason Lawson. “Since purchasing the land more than two years ago, town officials have worked diligently to develop plans for this property. We believe the project we have attracted is an ideal complement to Little League International’s new Central Region Headquarters currently under construction in Whitestown.”

The minimum $135 million project will include:

• Approximately 200,000 square foot Homefield youth sports environment, with at least one outdoor field

• Approximately 250-unit market rate apartments

• Flagged hotel with at least 105 rooms

• An outdoor water sports and entertainment venue

• At least 50,000 square feet of medical office building uses

• Approximately 50,000 square feet of commercial/retail space

• Potential for approximately 75 for-sale residential units

“We are excited to add this multi-use development to the list of family-friendly amenities that our town offers,” said Whitestown Town Council President Clinton Bohm. “Not only will this project benefit our residents, but the potential for economic growth is significant. The Town is continually looking for these types of partnerships to keep enhancing the quality of life for our residents.”

“Whitestown deserves applause for its vision to turn an underutilized area into a place-based community of sports, recreation and entertainment,” said Milhaus Vice President of Development Brad Vogelsmeier. “Milhaus is proud to bring our trusted partner Homefield from Kansas City to the Indianapolis area to execute and turn this vision into a unique community anchor.”

“Whitestown is a promising location for Homefield because of its vibrant and growing community,” said Homefield CEO Robb Heineman. “We’re excited to bring the joy of Youth Sports to the athletes, families and fans in this area. We think Whitestown can be a role model for the future of Youth Sports in this country.”

“The Town is beginning the process of implementing local incentives to be incorporated into the final development agreement among the parties,” said Whitestown Director of Operations and Economic Development Nathan Messer.

The project is expected to be supported by local incentives such as tax increment financing and the adoption of a food and beverage tax.

The Whitestown Town Council will hear a presentation on the planned development at its next meeting on Wednesday, February 10. Meeting details can be found at www.whitestown.in.gov/meetings.