Update: URGENT DEVELOPMENT THREAT

Monday, March 28, 2005

 

About a week and a half ago, information became available about a housing development proposal coming before the Hendricks County Commission Meeting on April 5, 2005. The proposed development is named Foxhaven and is planned to be located in Hendricks County just west of the Marion County line along 86th Street. The proposal is for approximately 700 homes on 380 acres. The impact of increased traffic on 86th Street through Traders Point heading for Indianapolis will affect our area greatly. We already have heavy traffic through TP and don’t want more to influence widening of 86th Street. The current 20-year plan of Marion County does not include widening. Additionally, the developer of Foxhaven has not made it known how sewage and storm water from the planned housing development will be handled. The area is not sewered so the guess is the developer would put in a small package sewage treatment plant. The existing examples of these type treatment plants throughout Indiana are notable for operation and maintenance problems. The discharge from such a treatment plant at the planned Foxhaven location would go into Eagle Creek or a tributary and eventually flow into the Eagle Creek Reservoir.

Hendricks County residents opposed to this development are looking to Traders Point residents for support in their cause. There is a planning meeting among the residents of both areas scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at 7 PM, in the West 86th Street Clubhouse, to prepare for the Hendricks County Commission Meeting on April 5, 2005. (Time and location for the commission meeting will be posted later.)

Please try to attend these meetings to help our neighbors in Hendricks County which will simultaneously help our situation in Traders Point.

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About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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