New Albany News

Potential outlet mall site

Council approves zoning amendment


New Albany City Council on Feb. 5 unanimously approved a 108-acre zoning amendment that could pave the way for an outlet mall.

The zoning amendment would switch the land north of state Route 161 and west of Beech Road from a limited general employment district and infill planned unit development to a comprehensive planned unit development. It also would cap the amount of retail on the site at 92 acres and limit retail uses on an adjacent site.

The New Albany Co. owns the land, which has recently drawn interest from retail developers. Horizon Group Properties recently released information about opening an outlet mall at the location.

No development plans for an outlet mall have been filed with the city.

Two other outlet malls recently were proposed near the Interstate 71 and routes 36/37 interchange in Delaware County, about 10 miles north of Polaris Fashion Place.

City Council heard first reading on the zoning amendment Dec. 17 and the New Albany Planning Commission recommended approval of it on Jan. 23.