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LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) – Boone County commissioners have hired a planning firm to help them prepare for the construction of an Eli Lilly and Co. manufacturing plant, a marketing consultancy said Wednesday.

The Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company plans to invest $2.1 billion to develop two facilities in the state’s proposed Boone County Innovation District and create up to 500 new jobs.

Lebanon’s city government on Monday evening is expected to grow by 1,450 acres through a voluntary annexation of the facility’s property, News 8 reported. Lilly is in negotiations with Indiana Economic Development Corp. to purchase 600 acres for its manufacturing facility. The state pays $55,000 and up per acre for the property.

The proposed development will eventually consume 7,000 acres in Boone County, News 8 reported.

For Boone County officials, Indianapolis-based planning firm Rundell Ernstberger Associates will create a planned unit development ordinance for the project. The company may also provide an update to the county’s roadmap for transportation and future developments, according to a press release Wednesday from Fishers-based marketing consultancy Coverdale Consulting.

Commissioners and Rundell Ernstberger Associates will also meet with community members, school district representatives, and leaders of public safety agencies and municipalities about the project, the statement said.

The statement did not specify how much the county government will pay Rundell Ernstberger Associates for its services.

The development was first shrouded in secrecy. News 8 reported that landowners had received offers to sell their land, but had little information about who was buying and why.

Declarations

“The Commissioners believe that hiring a professional outside firm is the best way to protect and promote the interests of our citizens, especially those affected in unincorporated areas. The proposed development needs to be fully vetted, and we also need to make sure we listen to community stakeholders and landowners. »

Jeff Wolfe, Chairman of Boone County Commissioners

“We have heard the concerns of constituents regarding the environmental impacts of this development project. Aspects of the PUD (planned unit development) ordinance will specifically address environmental sustainability, preservation and development flexibility. Additionally, the PUD will focus on compatibility with existing public facilities.

Tom Santelli, Boone County Commissioner

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