A proposed South 37th Street neighborhood would have 178 homes and up to 250 apartments.

An ordinance was scheduled for presentation Jan. 16 before Richmond Common Council for referral to the Richmond Advisory Plan Commission. It would permit the mixed-residential neighborhood on five parcels totaling about 80 acres south of Backmeyer Road and between South 37th Street and Garwood Road.

The plan commission’s Jan. 24 meeting agenda includes the public hearing for the Smith Hill Planned Unit Development. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the chambers on the Richmond Municipal Building’s third floor. After consideration from the plan commission, which would likely result in a recommendation to either approve or deny, the ordinance will return to Common Council for a public hearing and final decision.

Bryan Stumpf, president of Indianapolis-based 11th Street Development LLC, has petitioned for zoning of the five parcels to allow for the neighborhood featuring four sizes of single-family homes and the apartments. 

The parcels are owned by South 37th Street Properties LLC, which was established in 2021 with Craig Kinyon, Reid Health’s CEO, as its president. South 37th Street Properties acquired the parcels in 2021 for $990,000, according to property transfer records.

Stumpf’s petition indicates the planned unit development is requested because it allows more flexibility in the neighborhood’s design. The four single-family home styles will be mixed together, appealing to different types of homebuyers, and the apartments are planned for the northwest area along South 37th Street.

The plans call for 14 Custom Homes on minimum 13,000-square-foot lots, 54 Sunrise Homes on minimum 9,750-square-foot lots, 58 Brookside Homes on minimum 7,800-square-foot lots and 52 Courtyard Villas on minimum 2,400-square-foot lots. Each type of home would form sub-districts within the neighborhood and have different base zoning. 

“The request is responsible development and growth by providing a variety of housing options in a cohesive neighborhood that is walkable and provides open space for residents to enjoy,” the petition says. The neighborhood will meet demand for different types of housing, according to the petition. 

Should council approve the neighborhood’s establishment ordinance, the developer would need to submit a detailed development plan that would require a plan commission public hearing and plan commission approval. Finally, a final development plan would go before plan commission for its approval, but it would not require a public hearing.

More information about the neighborhood is available at https://wwn.to/smithhillplans.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 17 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Mike Emery is a reporter and layout editor for the Western Wayne News.