Evansville approves four commercial and residential development projects

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Ashley McCallum
Thursday, October 12, 2017

EVANSVILLE-- The city plan commission approved four projects this month that the community development director believes will add variety to the city's retail and residential options.

Projects include:

-- Expansion for a convenience store.

-- A new subdivision.

-- A combined residential-retail space.

-- Plans for the return of Night Owl Food and Spirits.

Aside from widening the city's tax base, Jason Sergeant, community development director, said the projects will provide new opportunities for the city and reflect goals from the city's 2015 comprehensive plan.

“It's just something different that I don't think Evansville has seen before, which is a positive difference to provide another variety of types of retail choices, types of housing choices,” Sergeant said.

Necessary infrastructure near development sites is already well developed, meaning projects should bring minimal challenges, Sergeant said.

Upcoming development projects in Evansville include:


It's been one year since a fire burned through Night Owl Food and Spirits, causing heavy damage. The cause of the fire has not been confirmed by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

“We're trying our best to get back in business as soon as possible,” said Greg Ardisson, owner of the tavern, which has been closed since the fire.

The burned building at 19 E. Main St. has been razed.

The plan commission approved plans for the tavern's new building at the corner of Main and Union streets across from the combined Casey's General Store and Subway, according to a release from the plan commission.

The tavern had “outgrown” its location at 19 E. Main St., making it difficult to reopen there, Ardisson said. The lot is up for sale, he said.

Ardisson said he wants to secure financing before moving forward with permit applications. There is no estimated date for reopening.

Early plans for the tavern estimate a 5,800-square-foot facility with outdoor dining options, according to the release.

“We're pretty happy, we just gotta get it done,” Ardisson said. “We have a long ways between here and there.”


A $2.4 million residential and retail development project was approved for construction on Brown School Road north of Brown School Plaza, Sergeant said.

Brown School Place will include walk-up style rental units attached to 2,100 square feet of retail space, according to the release.

Use of the retail space has yet to be determined, Sergeant said.

The city offered development company, Grove Partners, tax increment financing for the project until 2027 when the TIF district expires, Sergeant said. The city has the option to grant one more year of TIF financing at that time.

Construction will come in two phases, Sergeant said. The retail space and initial set of town houses will go up first, then another set of town houses will be constructed at a later date.

The first phase must be finished by Dec. 31, 2018, to receive TIF financing for that portion of the project, Sergeant said. Construction on the second phase must be completed by Dec. 31, 2022, to receive TIF financing.

The company is expected to break ground this fall, Sergeant said.

Brown School Place will make a great transition from the retail space on the east side of town to the rural residential area, Sergeant said.


A new subdivision plat, Stonewood Grove, will add 20 lots to the west side of the city so long as it makes it through the final steps for approval, Sergeant said.

The lots are approved by the commission for two-family homes, also referred to as duplexes, Sergeant said. Single-family homes can be built on the lots if desired by the owner.

The city council will review the proposed subdivision at its Tuesday, Oct. 17, meeting, Sergeant said. Once reviewed, the plat will need state approval before being filed with Rock County.


The city and state have approved a 750-square-foot expansion to Casey's General Store, 230 E. Main St., according to the release.

Construction should begin shortly, Sergeant said. Expansion is expected to be used for food storage or service, but details beyond that are unknown.

The Gazette was unable to reach a representative from Casey's for comment.

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