The rich and powerful of Yorktown IN development

By Rick Yencer

YORKTOWN, IN - Big money development interests clashed this week over utility rights on a lucrative piece of land  at Ind. 332 and Nebo Road where some Muncie auto dealerships will soon call home.

 Nebo Land Partners that is developing the southwest corner of the highway and Nebo for American and Kia auto dealerships wanted out of the Yorktown utility to get a faster and possibly more costly service from the Muncie Sanitary District.

 Steve Lowry, representing Nebo development interests, explained there had been no agreement on easements to get to the Yorktown sewer system so developers wanted to bore under the highway and connect with a MSD sewer and lift station next to Wall's Furniture. The relocated car dealerships want to start site work next month and need to tie down utility service quickly, said Lowry, a former town council member.

 Steve Maines, representing neighboring Greenview Land Partners, said he would make an easement to the Yorktown sewer available to Nebo, but insisted on a gravity fed sewer to serve the rest of Greenview's land near First Merchants Bank that was built at Jackson Street and Nebo several years ago. And Maines, accompanied by home builder Brian Durham of neighboring Wellington Noll, said his partners wanted as much as $200,000 for easement rights.

  Yorktown got the southwest corner of the highway and Nebo after fighting with Muncie of annexation of the area in 2006.That corner has not been developed in recent years because of the cost of utilities and transportation improvement with the site.

 The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to rebuild the Ind. 332-Nebo intersection as the car dealerships relocated, And Nebo partners already have an initial subdivision plat approved to build the dealerships,

 The town council hesitated to give up its utility rights until there was more information about  Greenview's property rights and whether its commercial subdivision and approved easements ever got final approval.

 Council President Bob Ratchford suggested the Metropolitan Plan Commission determine if Greenview"s development was finally approved, which could clarify easements for utilities.

 So council put off action until Oct. 1 when it conducts a public hearing on its proposed 2013 budget. 

 Council did agree to spend another $65,000 on the Park One sewer project to move a lift station built in swampy area of the industrial park along the interstate.

 Council member Rick Glaub asked the obvious question of who built the station in a swamp, and it was assumed the previous developer of Park One, the late Gale Tschuor was responsible.

 Town Manager Pete Olson said the current facility worked, and a previous property owner at Park One agreed to move the lift station. But that property owner sold out to another owner who had no interest in paying for the project

 Council member Steve Fields voted against spending the money, saying property owners should bear the cost. 

 The $1.3 million project will provide sewer utility service to current industries like Mursix and Brevini and future businesses like suppliers for Honda Motors that have looking to eastern Indiana to locate. Local income tax money is paying for the work.

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