The town council here, in coordination with the parks board, has agreed in principle to approve the purchase of 7.5 acres of property along State Road 267 to be used for mixed-use development.
The town negotiated a purchase price with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis Properties for $2.35 million.
Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said purchasing the property is essential to Brownsburg’s future vision and explained what might be on the forefront.
The property currently is home to Saint Malachy Church and school.
“I think the reason that it’s important is that it’s a keystone property that will seriously affect our downtown and future growth along (S.R.) 267,” he said. “Rather than let it be used for something that doesn’t fit our vision or sit there and deteriorate, I think the town felt it was important to do our due diligence, purchase, and put a plan together that’s consistent with our comprehensive plan that will benefit directly the residents of this community.”
Kleinhenz said the property is intended to have both a business and parks element as part of the mixed-use goals, saying the council and parks board buys into that concept, adding that the frontage along the road will be essential to develop correctly.
“The back will be used in connection with Arbuckle Acres park,” he said. “Mainly for the frontage along (S.R.) 267,” he said. “The idea of the mixed use is to have maybe restaurants, smaller retailers, or office space that would compliment what the staff has discussed with the council. There will be some commercial, along with some expanded park usage.”
Town Council President Dwayne Sawyer said the word “crown jewel” was used during meetings because of how it can aid the town moving forward.
“Right now, it’s adjacent to Arbuckle Park and also has proximity to town hall, so with correct planning and correct use, it really will be a destination place to go,” he said. “We’re looking at really good opportunities for growth and expansion and we are very excited about it.”