Developer creates large residential neighborhood on north side golf course



A preliminary conceptual plan for the Buckingham Cos project. (Image courtesy of the City of Indianapolis)

An Indianapolis-based company plans to redevelop a par-3 golf resort on the north side into a sprawling residential neighborhood, with single-family homes, townhouses and hundreds of apartments.

Buckingham Cos. hopes to build nearly 450 residences on a 25.5 acre property at 1775 E. 96th St., which is currently used by Shortee’s Golf Course. The development would be located just south of Interstate 465 and immediately west of Westfield Boulevard.

The project, whose development plans have been filed with the city’s Metropolitan Development Department, would include 65 single-family homes, approximately 58 townhouses and up to 324 apartments, as well as a multimodal trail and a public park.

The proposed project was set for a zoning hearing Wednesday with the Metropolitan Development Commission. It was postponed to November 17.

Once a farmland, the site has been home to Shortee’s since 2000.

Buckingham has indicated in public documents that he has Shortee’s property under contract for the development, pending city approvals. The Metropolitan Development Commission must approve an application to rezone the property in PD, planned development, from its current SU3 designation for special use in a residential area.

Single-family homes would run the length of the western part of the property, with the townhouses winding north and south to the middle of the property. The apartments would occupy most of the eastern half of the property.

The townhouses would be built in 13 three- or four-story buildings, each unit containing a minimum living area of ​​1,800 square feet, according to the documents. Each house would include a two-car rear-load garage, and its facades would consist largely of fiber cement panels, fiber cement siding, cast stone, or brick paneling, with vinyl siding largely absent from parts of the buildings. facing the audience. .

The apartments would be spread over nine buildings, of three or four floors. The apartments are said to have a dedicated clubhouse with a fitness center, outdoor pool, and lounge area, as well as a coffee station.

Single-family homes would vary between one and two stories. They would have attached or detached two-car garages and would be built with materials similar to townhouses.

As part of the project, Buckingham plans to cede approximately 2.75 acres along the western edge of the property to Indy Parks to create a public park and green space. The city has the option of refusing the donation, in which case the park would be integrated into the district as a common space that would be maintained by the three associations of owners of the district.

The development would include three retention basins. The project schedule has not yet been made public.

A representative for Buckingham did not respond to calls from IBJ for comment.

A similar project proposed by local developer Herman & Kittle Properties Inc. in 2015 was unsuccessful. Dubbed Links at 96th, the $ 45 million apartment community was expected to contain nearly 400 units. Homeowners nearby opposed the plan because of traffic issues and what they saw as an excessively dense units-to-acre ratio.


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