NEW ALBANY —
Though there were claims that there are too many vacant buildings in the area, permission was granted Monday for a developer to construct a medical office near the intersection of Green Valley Road and Daisy Lane.
The New Albany City Council approved on final reading a Planned Unit Development District, or PUDD, request for ONC LLC.
Dr. Naveed Chowhan — who practiced at the Cancer Center of Indiana before it was purchased by Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services — will occupy the 14,000-square-foot building.
City officials had discussed requiring the developer to foot the expense of adding a turning lane off Green Valley Road to serve the building.
However, New Albany Plan Commission Director Scott Wood said a private engineer estimated only about 80 vehicles per day would “see a benefit” from installing the turning lane.
Wood added “it’s a significant expense” to construct the lane, and that at least two large trees would have to be removed to make space for the new roadway.
The PUDD request was approved 6-2, with Councilmen John Gonder and Dan Coffey opposing the measure. Council President Pat McLaughlin was absent from the meeting.
Gonder voiced last month his concerns that more pavement in the area would increase flooding and contribute to urban warming in terms of temperature proliferation.
Coffey said Monday there are already several medical and office buildings in the Green Valley Road corridor that are largely vacant.
“We allowed people to develop what they didn’t need to develop,” Coffey said, adding that the city and residents have to deal with drainage problems caused by overdevelopment.
The new medical building would sit almost parallel to the Trinity Plaza development.
MATCH REACHED FOR CHURCH WORK
The Friends of the Town Clock Church have raised almost $80,000 and have surpassed the match needed to release city funds for the rehabilitation project of the Civil War-era structure.