Pictures taken March 3, 2012
The inserted pictures show the “CONSTRUCTION OF DISTRUCTION” on the vacant triangle lot surrounded by Carmel Dr., Old Meridian St. and Pennsylvania. A lot once covered with trees and brush and a couple of run down buildings long abandoned. The buildings could have been torn down, some of the small trees and brush removed, the large trees saved and made into an eye pleasing piece of property for the workers of the surrounding businesses and the guests at the nearby hotel to see; or any number of things could have been done with that lot without destroying it. BUT NO; Mayor Brainard, the CRC, the Carmel Plan-Commission, the Zoning Board and other members of the city government will not be satisfied until every tree in Carmel and the miles of surrounding land are cut down and some ugly building occupying the space…………I guess Carmel and Kermit the Frog feel the same way about being/going green.
My understanding is that apartments are going up on this spot. Why anyone would want to live there I don’t know. True, Meijer is close by and so are other shopping areas and several restaurants, but the traffic on Old Meridian and Camel Drive and the semi-trucks unloading at the shopping center to the west will be very noisy. The addition of exits and entrances to the apts. will just cause more traffic congestion being so close to the large Traffic Circle to the South. It is hard to tell at this point during the construction how many entrance/exit drives there will be, but it looked like one on Old Meridian and one on Pennsylvania. The residents here won’t have much of a view out their windows. From what I saw today, this is a very poorly planned project. I was quite surprised to see that a few trees were left standing on the N.E. corner of the property, but for how long. It also looked like the whole north part of the property was going to have to be used for drainage purposes. Just another place for drunks and children to drown and drivers to get stuck.
We all know that the real purpose for this construction and all construction in Carmel is to add to the tax base. The CRC is in debt to the tune of $275,000,000 and, by the way, only $101,000,000 approved by the City Council. Also, they cannot make principle payments on $79,000,200 and as far as we know they have no visible means to pay it back. This in addition to all the bonds the Mayor has to pay off for all he has had constructed. The Carmel Government needs all the tax money they can beg, borrow or steal and, in my book, they have done all three for years.