June 13th, 2019
Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer: Vaping, Development, Roadwork and Networking
After the profusion of doomsday rhetoric during the recent primary elections, you may have become a wee bit queasy regarding the economic health and vitality of your community. While there is always room for improvement and mindful management, Hamilton County’s communities continue to draw accolades and an influx in new residents. And, this not-so-surprising-news just in from Hoosier economist Michael Hicks, the County receives straight As in a recent Indiana Community Asset Inventory and Rankings report. With that reassurance, sit back, sip your lemonade and read on!
Up In Smoke? Last week we noted that the Carmel City Council had put forth discussion to add vaping to its current no-smoking ordinance. Somewhere along the way, a more comprehensive ban has entered the discussion that includes private clubs and bars. While we support the original intent (and even banning smoking in outdoor restaurants), OneZone opposes the wider-cast net that negatively impacts private clubs – including area country clubs. The finance committee of council will take another look at the ordinance later this month before it moves to full council in July.
There Goes the Neighborhood. Literally. Carmel-based developer Hagerman Group has
reached agreements to acquire 14 homes in the Maple Dell neighborhood along 116th Street in Fishers and plans to redevelop the land. While no project plans have been put forth, there’s strong indication that a mixed-use development is on the horizon. Meanwhile, “just in case,” Fisher’s is pursuing a land acquisition agreement that would transfer ownership of the properties to the city if no progress is made by early 2022.
The Future Looks Like Orange Barrels. Three Fishers intersections will get a facelift starting in 2024, including the ever-dicey five-spoke roundabout at Southeastern Parkway and Olio Road, as well as 116th and Allisonville and the 126th Street and Southeastern Parkway. The projects will receive a lion’s share of funding from a $7.9 million in federal transportation dollars. Meanwhile, don’t forget that Keystone Ave. and 96th Street will be a hot mess for five months. It might not be a bad idea to print this out and put it in your car for a visual reminder on how to navigate the intersection.
PLUS 1. Don’t be just another pretty face at the next OneZone event … put your networking skills to use to create opportunities and connect with fellow professionals. Networking is more than an elevator speech and shoving a business card in someone’s hand. Check out these tips on making the most of OneZone’s networking opportunities. Then, try out your new-found skills at numerous OneZone events in the next few weeks!