HAND hosts open house on Home Place Gardens project

Spicewood Garden duplex in Sheridan

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development is working on plans to build a 10-unit residential development between 105th and 106th streets in Home Place.

An informational open house is set for 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in Room 115 of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church’s Learning Center, 1605 E. 106th St.

The $2.1 million project includes four one- and two-bedroom duplexes for seniors and two detached single-family homes for renters referred by Prevail Inc. of Hamilton County.

HAND has constructed similar duplexes for seniors at its 60-unit Spicewood Garden Apartments development in Sheridan. (See photo, above.)

Attendees will get the chance to review plans for the 2.4-acre property, located just east of McPherson Street, along with drawings of the rental homes planned for the site. Staff from HAND and Prevail also will be available to answer questions about the project.

Plans for Home Place Gardens also call for building a multi-use path along 106th Street, a sidewalk along 105th Street, a rain garden to address drainage issues, and a small playground for residents and their guests.

Carmel’s Board of Zoning Appeals is expected to consider a zoning variance for the project at its Jan. 23 meeting. HAND is requesting the variance so it can include all six structures on a single lot, rather than plat each building separately.

As proposed, Home Place Gardens would meet the density requirements of the property’s existing R-3 zoning, with 4.2 residential units per acre. The zoning ordinance allows as many as 5 units per acre.

Construction on the housing development is expected to start in late summer or early fall, and leasing should begin in spring 2018.

Founded in 2003, HAND works to address the housing needs of low- and moderate-income individuals, families and senior citizens in Hamilton County. The not-for-profit owns six properties with a total of 96 rental units, most of which are restricted to residents 55 and older.