McCORDSVILLE — A developer is proposing adding land onto McCordsville’s north side for 270 more homes.

Indianapolis-based Premier Land Company is pursuing the development, called Rivendell, on about 155 acres at the southwest corner of County Roads 1000N and 400W. The site borders McCordsville’s eastern boundary, and the developer wants to annex it into town.

Rivendell would abut and connect to a neighborhood just to the west called Haven Ponds that Indianapolis-based Silverthorne Homes is developing.

Richard Henderson of Premier Land Company said 59 65-foot-wide lots are proposed for the western portion of Rivendell, similar to the size of Haven Ponds’ lots.

Henderson added 211 80-foot-wide lots are proposed to fill out the rest of the Rivendell site, east of a stream that winds through the area.

“We’ve got a number of builders that are interested, but we have not finalized who that potentially would be,” Henderson said.

Premier Land Company hopes to select a builder by the time it presents to the McCordsville Plan Commission, eyed for later this winter.

The company also proposes a pool, pool house and playground for the neighborhood. Features and amenities for other open spaces throughout the site are under consideration as well, like pickleball courts, a shelter and fire pit.

“This is a very large, open common space that we can do a lot of different variety of activities a little bit different hopefully than some of the standard amenities that you see in other neighborhoods,” Henderson said.

Almost 2 miles of walking paths are proposed in the neighborhood, including one along the stream and connecting to common areas.

The site plan Henderson shared with McCordsville officials shows homes facing away from County Road 1000N. Town leaders are open to the development, but would rather flip the front of those houses toward the thoroughfare.

“I think that we would like to see a frontage road there and see the front of the house form 1000 North,” said Larry Longman, a McCordsville Town Council member.

The town recently required the same for houses along West County Road 700N planned for a housing development called The Colonnade.

The Hancock County zoning for the land making up the proposed Rivendell site is light industrial. Greg Brewer said he’s far less amenable to that type of use in that area.

“I definitely don’t want to see that there,” he said.

If Rivendell moves forward, it will be one of several residential developments in McCordsville for Premier Land Company over the past several years. The firm is also behind Vintner’s Park, up to 127 homes on the north side of County Road 900N and east of County Road 700W; and Pine Vail Estates, up to 78 lots on the east side of North County Road 700W and west of Villages at Brookside.
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