According to the City's Comprehensive Plan, Marott Island is a low-density, suburban neighborhood.
Westfield Blvd is a 2-lane road. Multi-family complexes of 30+ units require direct access to a dedicated 3-lane road.
The density of the proposed development is double what is recommended by the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
The heights and footprints of the proposed buildings far exceed what is called for compared to adjacent structures. There should be a much more gradual transition between new and existing buildings.
On Marott Island, formal public access from Westfield Blvd to the Monon Trail and Marott Park DOES NOT exist.
There is a significant lack of sidewalks for pedestrians and bikers on Westfield Blvd. Speeding traffic along Westfield is commonplace. Westfield Blvd is NOT pedestrian friendly!
The addition of 400+ residents, and their guests, will only compound the pedestrian safety and accessibility issues.
According to the Comprehensive Plan, Marott Island is an environmentally-sensitive area. Any further development needs to take this into account.
The proposed development threatens the sustainability of the White River, the surrounding habitat and important ecosystems.
The developer’s own renderings show they will do extensive work right up to the edge of Spirit Lake, however, we have yet to receive responsible answers from the developers as to what the impact will be on the Island's sensitive ecosystem.
The heights and arrangements of existing buildings on Marott Island fit gracefully into the area due to their appropriate scale and setbacks from the road.
Placing this substantial 920 ft long, 75 ft tall building complex within 45 ft of a heavily traveled narrow 2-lane thoroughfare is entirely inappropriate and grossly out of place relative to the surrounding community.
No other structures or housing developments on Marott Island are anywhere near as dense or as visually dominating as this proposal.
The developers are asking for public subsidy in the form of a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) for these luxury apartments and condos, taking your tax dollars away from our public schools, libraries, etc.
We are opposed to taking property tax money away from our public schools and other important programs and diverting those funds to assist a developer’s construction of luxury apartments and townhomes.
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