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Kevin M

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Mill Creek Tech Park (Hoosier Energy construction site)
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:59:21 AM »
Interesting article in today's HTO.  Looks like Hoosier Energy could end up being Wapehani's new neighbor on the south side.  They want to move their headquarters to the tech park on the south side of the park.


There are several levels of approval, of course, and the whole deal is contingent on a tax abatement, but they're seeking that this Friday.  City Council will have final vote.  I'll keep you posted on opportunities for public comment.


What general concerns or questions, if any, do you have about the development of the tech park?
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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 11:10:54 AM »
I can't think of any questions or concerns regarding the development.  We've known it was coming for a long time and (as far as I know) all of the trails that would have been impacted have been re-routed.  So as long as the construction doesn't encroach on park property, I think things are progressing as we've expected. 

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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 12:50:00 PM »
The Hoosier Energy project—a new 80,000 sf corporate headquarters--is moving forward.   There will be a first hearing before the City Council this Wednesday night (Jan 9) of two items: 1) Ord 13-01; 2) Res 13-02.

Any park users who enter via the cell tower cul de sac take note: proposed Ord 13-01 vacates the right-of-way to Tech Park Blvd (Hoosier Energy wants to gate it off and will acquire the cell tower lot).

See this week's Legislative Packet for details.

Other than that, the main impact to the park is likely to be aesthetic.  The description of the project says that it will:
  • be “constructed in the ‘Prairie Style’ aesthetic and contain brick, limestone, and glass” with a “two story appearance from the south and a three story appearance from the north”;
  • be designed to attain LEED Silver certification with many green building design components; and
  • leave much of the property undisturbed but still provide approximately 230 parking spaces for permanent employees as well as some temporary employees and visitors.

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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 01:20:15 PM »
As long as Hoosier Energy is aware of us neighbors up north, and that we are not renegade mountain dew drinking kids "trespassing", I don't see a problem.  We actually should instill a good relationship with them.  Many bike paths have been constructed on "energy" corridors or right-a-ways.

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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013, 04:14:36 PM »
Would be interesting to know whether any Hoosier energy employees are mountain bikers. If I worked there I would love having that lunchtime opportunity to go for a spin. They would make good wapehani allies to ensure continued or even expanded park access.

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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 09:17:30 AM »
I don't know if anyone caught the meeting on CATS Wedn night, but there's another potential benefit to Hoosier Energy relocating to the Tech Park: they would put new money into the Tapp Rd TIF.  Now, that's a decade down the road, but there was explicit reference to new income to the TIF possibly funding park enhancements.  It could be a potential way to fund capital improvements (like a better access road, parking lot, permanent bathroom, that kind of thing).


For those of you who don't know, much of our work out there this past season was actually funded by the Tapp Rd TIF, not by the Parks budget.




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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 08:27:32 AM »
As some of you may have noticed, the Tech Park area is heavily flagged.  It's probably most noticeable in front of the cell tower.


Do not disturb stakes, flags, or taped trees!  These markings are for the protection of the park.






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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2013, 07:43:06 AM »
Hoosier Energy has begun clearing its Tech Park lots.  Tech Park Blvd is now fenced and gated.  It is no longer a public right of way--it's a construction zone.


The informal south side trailhead is closed.  There is no entrance to the park from the south.








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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park (Hoosier Energy construction site)
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2014, 09:15:25 AM »
Parks & Recreation is pursuing a Community Partnership with Hoosier Energy. The first fruit of this partnership would be a shelter house at Wapehani, as well as a short connector trail (leading to an electronic gate at the property line) to provide Hoosier Energy employees with park access. Hoosier Energy would pay for the trail construction and the shelter, which would be conveniently located for their employees but open to all park users.

The proposed shelter site is on the south side of the park, just uphill from the lake near the spillway. Look for pink flags outlining a rectangle--that would be the approximate footprint of the shelter.

If you have any comments or questions about these projects, the Hoosier Energy Community Partnership will be discussed at the next Parks Board meeting on Tuesday 10/28 at 4:00 PM.

If you cannot attend the meeting but still want to provide feedback, please direct your comments and questions to parks@bloomington.in.gov before next Tuesday's meeting (a clear subject line always help).

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Re: Mill Creek Tech Park (Hoosier Energy construction site)
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2014, 10:29:37 PM »
The partnership sounds great. It's always good to have a local business  supporting and using the trails, especially when they're in their backyard. 

 

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