Ingalls leaders keep tabs on community projects

INGALLS — It’s been a busy winter for leaders in Ingalls, with new businesses and other developments looking to locate in town.

Situated between Pendleton and Fortville, the town of 2,400 has quick access to South Madison, Franklin-Lapel and Mt. Vernon schools. The location is also a fast track to Indianapolis and the Hamilton County area.

More than a handful of projects are in the planning stages, under construction or have been completed recently.

“The work load is heavy,” town manager Tim Millikan said. “It’s a lot, but it adds value, and we’re handling everything.”

Dollar General, which operates more than 14,300 stores in 44 states, just came to town.

Located at 182 W. Broadway St. off U.S. 36, the store opened for business Feb. 26 and plans a grand opening celebration Saturday, March 10.

Some of the other area projects include DC Construction Services, an asphalt and concrete paving company in Indianapolis, which is in the planning stages of a new facility in Ingalls.

The project is planned for the north side of County Road 800 South between Commerce Drive and County Road 1000 West in Green Township.

Plans for roads, sidewalks, sewers, drainage, stormwater and landscaping are awaiting approval by town engineers, Millikan said. The next step is to submit plans for the company’s main building on a section of the 130 acres the company owns.

Millikan said DC Construction’s plan is to relocate its headquarters from Indianapolis to Ingalls. Preliminary plans call for the company to use less than 10 acres for its business, then subdivide the rest of the land for other developments, Millikan said.

Roy Alvarez, controller at DC Construction, said moving to Ingalls just made sense.

“Mainly, it was because of the location and the size of the land,” Alvarez said. “The piece of land suits us for what we want to do.”

The business is based in Indianapolis and it has a smaller shop in Noblesville, which it plans to keep, but the Ingalls location will become the main hub.

Another project, Out of Site Storage, is proposed for the north side of County Road 800 South between State Road 13 and the County Line Road.

The town board of zoning appeals recently denied a variance request for gravel roads instead of asphalt, but Millikan said the company indicated it will resubmit plans in the near future.

In addition to business interests, town officials are working with developers on two subdivisions, plus a senior living community for residents 55 and older is already under construction.

Maples Trails subdivision by Arbor Homes, a 413-home project on 160 acres, will have 50 acres earmarked for common area with homes in a $160,000 to $210,000 price range.

The development is located near Maple Ridge Elementary School, near county roads 800 South and 650 West, and could break ground as soon as this summer.

Ryan Homes is pursuing a development called Oakmont, formerly called the Oakhurst proposal, at the southeast corner of County Road 800 South and Atlantic Road, just west of the established Summerlake subdivision.

Ryan Homes is expected to submit final plans in the next few weeks for 107 single-family homes.

The senior living community, which does not have a name yet, is under construction at County Road 800 South and State Road 13, east of Summerlake.

The developers are Jordan 7 LLC.

The town also recently approved zoning for Aaron’s Auction Headquarters to operate an auction gallery in Ingalls, at the northeast corner of South Meridian Street and West Mendon Road, although operation is contingent on conditions concerning parking, town officials said.

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Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or