June 12, 2018
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CRC tables purchase of Monon Square By Adam Aasen • firstname.lastname@example.org The Carmel Redevelopment Commission voted May 22 to table a proposal to explore purchasing the Monon DEVELOPMENT Square shopping center on Range Line Road, across from The Palladium. Commissioners voted to table the proposal to pay either the average of two appraisals or $15 Worrell million for the commercial development owned by Mohawk Management. Vivien Lawhead, owner of Mohawk and the SoHo Cafe & Gallery, could not be reached for comment. Commissioner Jeff Worrell said he wanted to learn more about the proposal before proceeding. “I haven’t even seen the appraisals, so I would not have felt comfortable voting at that time,” he said. Although details weren’t released, Worrell said the likely plan is to redevelop Lawhead’s shopping center, which has a large parking lot facing the street and storefronts that are hard to view from Range Line Road.
Worrell said one concern is that other properties should be higher priorities, such as the former O’Malia grocery store at 126th Street and Gray Road. “The council has been very active in trying to get a grocery store in that space,” he said. “We’ve had meetings with companies and we’re willing to look at several options to get a grocery store east of Keystone.” City councilor Ron Carter has been involved in those meetings Carter as well. He said filling the O’Malia space should happen first. “We can certainly do both projects, but the O’Malia space is a top priority,” he said. “We might have to look at redeveloping that area if needed. We’ve got some of Carmel’s finest neighborhoods surrounding that site, and I’d hate to see any decline.” Carter said if nothing happens with either property in five years, the O’Malia space could destabilize the surrounding neighborhood. Although he said a redesign of the Monon Square shopping center might eventually be needed, it doesn’t have any major vacancies.
“We’ve got some of Carmel’s finest neighborhoods surrounding that site, and I’d hate to see any decline,” Ron Carter said.
City council considers No-Knock list for solicitors By Ann Marie Shambaugh AnnMarie@youarecurrent.com
The City of Carmel is considering the creation of a No-Knock List that would fine DEVELOPMENT commercial solicitors who make uninvited visits to registered homes. The city council discussed the proposal at its June 4 meeting. Similar to the Do Not Call Registry, those interested in joining the proposed list would sign up for free with the Carmel Police Dept. and receive a No-Knock sticker to display on their door or a No Soliciting sign to place near their walkway. Solicitors would be required to check addresses against the list before going door-to-door and would pay a fine of $400 for each violation. The restrictions would apply to anyone attempting to make sales, whether they represent a nonprofit organization or for-profit business.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard confirmed that it would apply to Girl Scouts selling cookies or people selling anything on behalf of a nonprofit. “We see most of the youth organizations today aren’t selling doorto-door as much for safety reasons,” he said. “They are selling in front of grocery stores and other businesses that graciously allow them to do so.” The list would not apply to political canvassing or religious visits. Carmel City Attorney Ashley Ulbricht said recent changes in state law that say cities can’t differentiate between nonprofits and for-profits Ulbricht when it comes to soliciting led Carmel to update its ordinance. The city council sent the proposal to the Finance, Utility and Rules Committee, which will meet June 13.
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