Duke Energy plans evaluation on how to develop 150-acre property near interstate exit

An empty 150-acre field that thousands of motorists drive by everyday will be looked at for ways to improve the chances of landing potential businesses and industry.

Duke Energy has selected the town of Whiteland to participate in its Site Readiness Program and will spend up to $30,000 on studying how to develop the 150-acre property, located on the southwest side of the town’s Interstate 65 exit.

The town has already targeted the area for future development, hoping to land anything from a small factory to offices, restaurants or shops. Ideally, the town would like to create a niche for the area, such as an Interstate 465 exit in Indianapolis that is home to several technology-based businesses, Whiteland Planning and Zoning Director Nathan Bilger said.

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