Westfield City Council Approves Historic Preservation Commission and ARPA Funds for Nonprofits • Current Edition

Correction: A previous version of this story listed the wrong allocation amounts for nonprofits in Westfield.

At the July 11 Westfield City Council meeting, the council approved the creation of a local historic preservation commission, approved American Rescue Plan Act funds for nonprofits, and denied the request. a food truck, among others. The next meeting is scheduled for July 25 at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit westfield.in.gov.

What happened: Council unanimously approved the creation of a local historic preservation commission.

What it means: As part of the state environmental review of the proposed Ind. 32, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued a Certificate of Approval for the project. The Certificate of Approval required the city, INDOT, and other parties interested in preservation to reach consensus on acceptable mitigation measures related to the project. Council adopted the commission, which was tabled at the June 27 council meeting.

What happened: The board unanimously approved the awarding of $500,000 in ARPA funds to several nonprofit organizations.

What it means: Grand Universe will receive $15,362. The Westfield Education Foundation will receive $57,405. The Trinity Free Clinic will receive $107,013. Young Life will receive $20,887. Westfield Youth Assistance will receive $150,168. The Heart and Soul Clinic will receive $79,437. Student Impact will receive $69,730.

What happened: The board denied Star Steak Company’s food truck application.

What it means: The board rejected the application by a vote of 5 to 2. Star Steak Co. was applying to provide a mobile food vending operation at Village Park Plaza from July 12 through August 11. Since the company sells pre-packaged frozen steaks, the council was concerned that it would not receive sales tax revenue from the project. Council members were also concerned that the delay was over a month.

What happened: Council approved an amendment to the Andover Planned Unit Development.

What it means: The amendment is for a 2-acre parcel on Grassy Branch Road north of Washington Woods Elementary School. It modifies the architectural and development standards associated with the project.

What happened: Council approved an inter-local agreement between the Town of Westfield and the County of Hamilton.

What it means: The project involves replacing a culvert on Westfield Park Road. Hamilton County has agreed to contribute $133,000 to the project.

What happened: Council heard an introduction proposing an amendment to the Westfield Washington Township Unified Development Ordinance.

What it means: The proposal updates the landscaping standard in the city’s UDO. It requires a performance bond for landscaping projects. A performance bond is a bond issued to secure the satisfactory completion of a project by a contractor. As this was only an introduction, there was no vote.

The concept plan for 75 proposed three-story townhouses southwest of Gray Road and Ind 32. (Image courtesy of the City of Westfield)

What happened: Council heard an introduction for Westfield Yard’s planned unit development.

What it means: PUD offers 75 three-story townhouses on 11 acres southwest of Gray Road and Ind. 32. Townhouses would be valued between $450,000 and $500,000. As this was only an introduction, there was no vote. Board members were concerned that the project was so close to a proposed substation by Duke Energy in Ind. 32 and Gray Road.

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