East Side Development in the Works

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The one constant on the east side of Terre Haute is change.
 
And that’s exactly what’s on the horizon following a re-zoning request from Gibson Development.
 
A lot has been happening on the East side. 
 
Meijer opened for business in 2015. 
 
And just this week, Monicals opened a second Terre Haute restaurant. 
 
Now, more than 20 acres, located right by Bill Farr Drive, is up for re-zoning. 

 
You’re looking at marked zones of the area on the East side of State Road 46.
 
If you take a closer look, here are the proposed ideas for the property. 
 
 
But first, the zone has to be changed from a heavy industrial district to a regional commercial district. 
 
The area planning commission gave a favorable recommendation for the re-zoning. 
 
Now the process takes step two.
 
“It goes before the city council tonight for a first reading,” says Chuck Ennis, city engineer. “They won’t vote on it tonight, they will vote next Thursday, but I don’t see any problems with changing the zoning.” 
 
There’s talk about a grocery store and potentially some retail space, but nothing is yet set in stone. 
 
“There’s talk of more hotels going out there,” says Ennis. “Larger anchor tenants. I know the developers out there are looking, all the time, to land bigger clients out there.”
 
The Rose-Hulman campus is near-by, just North of the property. 
 
Students think it’s great to see the city making changes to the area. 
 
“Expanding a little could really help draw people in and make them want to come here, make them want to come to the colleges here, look at living here afterwards,” says Jessica Radomski. “So I think it’s a really good help for development as a whole.” 
 
The ideas of local residents about what should go in the space ranges from gyms, to small chain grocery stores, to clothing retailers and the crowd favorite. 
 
“Maybe some fast food development because hey, we’re college kids,” says John Rupp. “We need our fast food, right? But a part from that, that’d be nice.”
 
The East side of Terre Haute has been busy the last couple years. 
 
So this added change will fall in line with the THRIVE 2025 comprehensive plan.
 
“This is taking full advantage of the interchange of I-70, the Highway 46,” says Ennis.”Changing you know, what used to be corn fields into a fairly substantial retail development.”
 
Again, if the council does favor the proposal at Thursday’s sunshine meeting, they will vote next week. 

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