The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Business

March 14, 2013

Business owners say reservoir idea is all wet

ANDERSON, Ind. — The proposal to create a 2,000-acre reservoir that would put the Mounds Mall area under water sounds like bad business to area merchants interviewed Thursday.

Even if his business didn’t go under water literally, it would do so figuratively, said Coin Express co-owner Stephen Hughes.

Hughes’ store is at 2018 S. Scatterfield Road, right on the edge of the proposed reservoir area that would stretch seven miles through Anderson, Chesterfield and Daleville.

“I don’t want all the businesses knocked out of here,” Hughes’ wife and co-owner, Jeannie, said. “Anderson already has enough problems.”

Businesses are leaving, she said, and the focus should be on keeping them here and bringing new ones in — not destroying or relocating them to put in a reservoir.

Proponents of Mounds Lake Reservoir say it could help promote economic development, meet future growth demands and alleviate drought conditions.

Stephen said he can see more expensive houses than new businesses being built near the water.

“I do not see where putting a commercial area, a residential area ... under water is economic development,” said a Stone Age co-owner, who asked that her name not be used. Stone Ages sells smoking paraphernalia.

The Stone Age co-owner said she’s curious about why the reservoir is not being proposed for another, less-populated area — rather than an area where many small businesses have invested money. She’s also concerned about the impact on history at Mounds State Park and on the Anderson Municipal Airport.

“It would kill the rest of Anderson,” she said. “I don’t see how it’s possible.”

Another store owner in the complex near Roses department store said he’d likely go out of business if the reservoir became reality. He noted that he and other merchants would not be able to afford rent at retail locations closer to Interstate-69.

A reservoir might be a good idea, he noted, but not where it’s being proposed. “It would definitely wipe out jobs and create economic destruction,” said the store owner, who asked that neither he nor his business be identified.

Mounds Mall and Mounds State Park are expected to release statements today.

Find Dani Palmer on Facebook and @DaniPalmer_THB on Twitter, or call 640-4847.

1
Text Only
Local Business
  • Historic barn tour and workshop Sept. 19 Across Indiana, barns of all ages and types have been successfully rehabilitated for modern farming and other uses. On Sept. 19, Indiana Landmarks offers BARN AGAIN!, a workshop to help owners maximize use of vintage barns.

    August 20, 2014

  • NWS - HB0820 - Kennedy Google- JC 2 Google X captures heart, imagination of AU professor After spending the summer working at Google's secret research laboratory in Mountain View, California, Scott Kennedy has decided to stay.

    August 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • Residential electric rates increasing by 9 percent The electric rates for residential customers of Anderson Municipal Light & Power will increase by 8.96 percent for the final three months of the year.

    August 19, 2014

  • Indiana experiences growth in manufacturing sector Known for its strength in traditional and progressive manufacturing, Indiana gained more than 5,500 jobs in the manufacturing sector last month and has maintaining a 5.9 percent unemployment rate from June.

    August 19, 2014

  • NWS - HB0819 - Mounds Reservoir - JC 1 People get a view of proposed reservoir

    Local residents are being given the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges that face the development of the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir.

    August 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • FEA - HB0819 - Mommy Monday - JC 3 Mommy and me time

    Babette Bargo of Anderson said she brought her daughter to Community Hospital’s first Mommy Monday to meet other mothers and children after her sister-in-law told her about the event.

    August 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Reservoir would reduce tax revenues If the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir becomes a reality by 2021, local taxing units could lose an estimated $1.9 million in revenues.

    August 18, 2014

  • Ambulance provider to leave communities

    Area hospitals say they are not sure what to make of Rural/Metro Corp.’s announcement to end ambulance services in some Indiana communities.

    August 18, 2014

  • Grant intended to lift college completion for 21st Century Scholars Fall classes at Ivy Tech Community College aren't set to begin for another week, but "college success coaches" from a company called InsideTrack are already contacting 21st Century Scholars to help them transition from high school to college.

    August 18, 2014

  • Jesse Wilkerson: Change is not always good, but sometimes necessary

    Remember when you graduated from high school? You and others started preparing yourself to take on more responsibility. A change occurred. Ready or not you were faced with more decisions that would have greater impact on your life.

    August 18, 2014

Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide