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Whitestown plans $135M youth sports and retail development at former junkyard

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Posted at 12:19 PM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 14:42:21-05

WHITESTOWN — Whitestown officials announced plans Friday for a $135 million plan to redevelop the site of a former junkyard into a mixed-use area centered around youth sports.

The plan, designed by Indianapolis-based Milhaus and Kansas City-based Homefield, would include youth sports facilities, a hotel, water park, housing and retail space, according to a news release.

“This project is the first of its kind in Boone County,” Whitestown Town Manager Jason Lawson said. “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 redevelopment of the former Wrecks Inc. site would feature a 200,000-square-foot Homefield youth sports facility with at least one outdoor field, about 250 market rate apartments, a hotel with at least 105 rooms, an outdoor water sports and entertainment venue, at least 50,000 square feet of medical office space, around 50,000 square feet of retails space and the 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,” Whitestown Town Council President Clinton Bohm said. “Not only will this project benefit our residents, but the potential for economic growth is significant.”

Town officials expect tax increment financing and a food and beverage tax will help pay for the project.

The Whitestown Town Council will hear a presentation on the development plans Wednesday at its next meeting.