Officials break ground on new Carmel neighborhoods

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — A groundbreaking ceremony was planned Wednesday for a group of seven new neighborhoods in Carmel — and the land has quite a history.

Jackson’s Grant on Williams Creek will be developed on 280 acres northwest of 116th Street and Spring Mill Road

Officials from Toledo-based Republic Development said the subdivision will be named “Jackson’s Grant” because much of the land was passed down through a Presidential grant from Andrew Jackson in 1834. Since then, it’s only had two owners.

Doug Wagner, a spokesperson for Republic, said they plan on keeping a lot of the woodlands and creek area untouched to be preserved as a community amenity.

Wagner said the homes will range from zero-maintenance active, adult communities to family homes to luxury estates.

Instead of retention ponds, Wagner said the development will feature “bioswales” — areas of native plants and grasses.

“Bioswales are environmentally-friendly and allow for the absorption of clean storm water back into the soils replenishing the natural water table,” said Wagner. “The bioswales will be disbursed throughout the community instead of lakes and will provide for the entire sites storm water treatment and detention.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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