By Adam Aasen
It appears that there might be new life breathed into the long-vacant Party Time Rental location in Carmel.
Preliminary plans have identified a potential tenant for the location on Range Line Road across from Kroger Supermarket. Sources tell the Current that the plans would include demolishing the old building and creating a new building that would incorporate green space. Improved connectivity to Range Line Road would also be a priority.
No tenant was identified but it would likely be a business in the food and beverage industry.
Nothing is set in stone and it would be premature to expect an announcement soon, but planning has reached the stage where there are architectural drawings of a proposed plan.
Developing a plan for the Party Time Rental space has been a priority for government leaders because it is a highly visible location in Carmel’s popular Range Line Road business corridor.
Once considered a lifeless road, Range Line has been transformed over the last five years with the opening of the Carmel City Center, a new Turkey Hill convenience store, a new Walgreens and a rebuilt shopping center that houses several tenants such as Earth Fare. City leaders would still like to find a buyer for the former Shapiro’s Deli space and the old Walgreen location. Officials say they are hopeful and there are several interested parties.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard previously identified the Carmel Drive intersection near Party Time Rental as a location for a new roundabout paid for through federal money. The Carmel City Council expressed their disagreement by recently voting to not include that roundabout in the city’s comprehensive plan. It’s believed that any roundabout plan would involve relocating the nearby Arby’s.