HANCOCK COUNTY – An Indianapolis developer with several large buildings operating, under construction and in the planning stage in the western portion of the county is looking to further expand its presence there.
Ambrose Property Group is asking Hancock County officials to convert more than 80 acres from an agricultural to an industrial business park at the northwest corner of Interstate 70 and County Road 300W.
The company would like to set up one or more logistics facilities on the site.
A plan submitted to the county shows a building with over 750,000 square feet of space that can be expanded to nearly another 276,000 square feet.
The site is directly east of the property where Ambrose Property Group has plans for three large speculative buildings, meaning residents have yet to be secured.
The site is also southeast of an industrial park the company has developed, which will house an Amazon fulfillment center, Progressive Logistics, US AutoForce and another building that is scheduled to open this summer.
“The proposal is consistent with other developments in the area, the county’s overall plan and the general development trend occurring in the area,” Ambrose Property Group said in its letter of intent filed with the county.
Ryan Gallmeyer, vice president of development at Ambrose Property Group, told the Daily Reporter in an email that the proposed development was speculative.
“Ambrose believes in the continued momentum of industrial development in Hancock County’s Mount Comfort area based on a number of factors, including easy access to I-70 and a quality workforce, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to work with.” We will work with local officials to bring new businesses and job opportunities to the community,” Gallmeyer said.
The Hancock County Zoning Commission was scheduled to review the rezoning application Tuesday night, but went ahead with it after receiving an updated concept plan late in the day and requesting more time for the review.
Hancock County’s comprehensive plan includes the use of a commercial zone on the site, which Ambrose Property Group plans to rezone. Mike Dale, executive director of the county planning commission, noted in a report that the developer’s proposal is consistent with the county’s long-term plan, which supports the area’s industrialization. However, he continues, the site is adjacent to County Road 300W, which is not designed for heavy traffic or traffic. Dale’s position on the rezoning is favorable as long as 300W is modified to the satisfaction of the county road authority.
But this road modification may not be essential. After meeting neighbors who live near the site and hearing concerns, Ambrose Property Group is open to several commitments, including limiting traffic to 300W except for emergency vehicles. The company adds that it would construct a private road on the property developing to the west, allowing traffic from County Roads 300N and 400W.
The developer is also proposing higher berms throughout the property than the county requires and the use of outdoor lighting that minimizes spills across property lines.
Several neighbors have filed correspondence with the county expressing concerns and objections to the proposal, including Sandra Hudson.
“Unfortunately, Hancock County officials’ current focus on encouraging and facilitating this unbridled industrial growth has been fueled by those who want to benefit from converting good agricultural land into an industrial park, rather than those who see what is best for Hancock County.” looking,” Hudson wrote.