CARMEL, Ind. - Downtown Carmel could be getting a major upgrade to one of the few empty lots in the Art and Design District.
Chuck and Anthony Lazzara announced plans this week to build a mixed-use development on the land south of Main Street along the Monon Trail.
The main attraction for the project will be a new high-end steak restaurant called Anthony's Chophouse and on top of the restaurant will be a bar called 3 Up.
“The chophouse will be an evening destination. It will be fine-dining, upscale with a fancy bar inside as well. It will have outside seating that overlooks the Monon," developer and restaurant owner Anthony Lazzara said. "And we’re hoping 3 Up will kind of bring that millennial crowd down here and keep them in downtown Carmel instead of sending them to Mass Ave or downtown.”
In addition, the development will have seven town homes along the Monon Trail, 17,600 square feet of office space and 8,000 square feet of retail.
The project, Monon and Main, is going on a piece of land Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said the city has been trying to develop since 2008 and he's very happy with the vision the Lazarras have created.
"The plans for this development do a good job of reflecting the tone that has already been established by similar developments nearby," Brainard said in a prepared statement. "Beautiful architecture, mixed uses, pedestrian friendly and smart design will enhance this part of the District and continue our mission to redevelop this once challenging area."
The Lazzarras are calling the project the, "grand entrance to Midtown." Midtown is a project in downtown Carmel to turn old industrial plants into corporate offices and other mixed-use buildings.
"This is kind of the last block hat needs to be developed in this corner and then everything south of us is going to turn into the Midtown project," Anthony Lazzara said. "We’re seeing this as the grand entrance, or the entrance in to downtown Carmel, connecting both areas of development and this can kind of be the last piece in this area so they can move onto the next project.”
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission still has to formally approve the project.
If the Lazarras get the go ahead they plan to start construction in October and said it should be finished by next fall.