ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – Zionsville business leaders are planning what could be the first conservation corporate park of its scale in the area, and development officials say it could boost the economy and increase tax revenue.
Creekside Corporate Park will be more park and less corporate with no boxy buildings, and trees to shade the site at West 106th Street and Zionsville Road. Commissioners envision employees walking down paths and taking a bridge over Eagle Creek to grab lunch in the downtown village area.
“It’s not just a big concrete pad with a bunch of buildings on it,” said Luke Phenicie, president of the Zionsville Economic Redevelopment Commission. “Hopefully, it will be a nice area for employees to get out, relax and walk downtown.”
Plans for the park center around low-impact development that is meant to leave alter the environment as little as possible. Small rain gardens dug slightly below ground level take the place of retention ditches, and the urban designers worked around the natural hills and valleys of the area. The pavement will be porous to allow rainwater to drain into the ground. About a third of the 90-acre site is set to be preserved for green space and passive recreation, Phenicie said.
Commissioners requested the greener setting to attract corporations looking to get away from a traditional industrial complex.
The park still is in its infancy. So far, Hat World’s corporate headquarters is the only building in the area. Phenicie said the commission intends to offer incentives, such as lower-than-normal prices on land, to attract businesses.