Town plans to develop near I-65

Two gas stations and restaurants are the only development motorists see when they get off Interstate 65 at the Whiteland exit.

Whiteland town officials are planning for drastic changes in how those areas look in the future, with a multilevel town center that would serve as a new town hall and offer shops or restaurants on the bottom level, with apartments upstairs. The area near the I-65 exit could end up being surrounded by small factories, office space, shops and restaurants.

Whiteland is planning to more than double the size of its tax-increment financing, or TIF, district, which currently includes a majority of the center of town. Officials consider expanding the TIF district to be the first step in turning plans into actual development.

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