Fireworks forestalled at zoning hearing
Around 60 opponents of the proposed development of 70 acres currently owned by Crown Hill Cemetery erupted in cheers and applause at the Jan. 17 meeting of the Metropolitan Development Commission when the commissioners voted to delay hearing Mann Properties’ petition to rezone the land until its Feb. 21 meeting. The request for a continuance came from two neighboring institutions — the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Christian Theological Seminary — that want to give their boards time to examine the issues related to rezoning the woodlands and wetlands along West 42nd Street at Michigan Road from its current public/institutional category to one that would allow the three housing enclaves and retail strip Mann proposes to develop. The Alliance of Crown Hill Neighbors, formed to oppose the development and promote the preservation of the land, can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. (For more on this story, see NUVO, “Opposition to Proposed Crown Hill Development Grows,” Jan. 10, 2007).