The Westfield Millennium project is on track • Current Publications
Birch Dalton, director of 31/32 Investors, said the Grand Millennium project at Park Street and Westfield Boulevard is on track with its construction schedule for Grand Millennium, a mixed-use development with residential, entertainment and multi-family components. . It is developed by 31/32 Investors.
One of the anchors for the development is the new Westfield Washington Public Library. Library officials recently announced plans to build a new, expanded branch in the Grand Millennium development.
Other buildings slated for construction as part of the $190 million development include a four-story apartment with retail stores on the first floor and several high-end restaurants, which Dalton said he could not yet to name due to contracts, and possibly a convention center with several hotels. The local YMCA was originally scheduled to move to the Grand Millennium, but instead moved to the Wheeler property several miles away.
All constructions of the library, medical office building and apartments are expected to be completed by 2024. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2027.
“I think it brings to the (US) 31 corridor and downtown exactly what the leaders of this community have wanted for years – substantial building mass with the library and medical office building and livability with apartments high-end luxury,” Dalton said. “It fits with their overall plan. It brings everything you could want plus a hotel, so we’ll stick with our plan to build a convention entertainment center to the south (border) with a few hotels.
Although the apartments, library and doctor’s office building will be built soon, Dalton said construction of the convention center likely won’t begin until 2025.
“It will be a 3,000-seat Vegas-style entertainment venue for concerts and so on,” Dalton said. “It can serve as a 50,000 to 75,000 square foot convention center for trade shows and meetings. It will be the equivalent of the downtown convention center (Indianapolis) but for Hamilton County.
Westfield Washington Public Library officials chose the Grand Millennium for the construction of a new $16 million library because of pedestrian activity in the area.
“The reason we chose it is that it will be located within walking distance of Grand Junction and the row of restaurants,” said WWPL executive director Sheryl Sollars. “And we know this area is going to explode soon with a lot of things happening.”
Sollars hopes library patrons will improve foot traffic in the neighborhood. She said construction of the library is expected to begin this spring or summer and is expected to open in fall 2023.
“Our vision is to make this a community center for Westfield and Washington Township,” Sollars said. “(Libraries) have been shown to create the foot traffic that supports nearby restaurants and retail. Additionally, modern libraries have become a go-to resource for budding entrepreneurs and information classrooms and workspace, and we hope to have all of that in our new facility.
Nedra Moran, project manager for Westfield Ambulatory Surgery Center and Medical Office, said she explored several sites before deciding to locate the medical office building as part of the Grand Millennium project.
“I looked at a number of areas, and I looked at all the places around Westfield, and at that point it seemed to us, based on all the data, growth and development and so on, that seemed like the best place,” Moran said.
The building will be three stories high with doctors’ offices, a free-standing surgery center, a wound care clinic, a hyperbaric center and other specialty centers.
“It will be a center of health excellence,” Moran said.
31/32 Investor manager Birch Dalton said the Greater Millennium development plans to move the library site slightly north of Park Street, where it will be flush with the Midland Trace Trail.
Rand Millennium planners also plan to begin demolition of buildings in the development area in April, with construction of interior roads and utilities beginning this summer.
“Based on the schedule, all construction of the medical office building and apartments will begin in 2023,” Dalton said.