MK Plan for Zoning Overlay

May 13th, 2015
Critical Area #8

College Avenue at 46th Street

Why Critical: Three of the corners (northeast, southeast, southwest) of this intersection are zoned C-3. A church occupies the northwest corner and is zoned SU-1. The SU-1 zoning also extends to the south across 46th Street and west of the corner property. That area is used for overflow parking for the church. The southwest property was the site of a gas station. The building has been removed and the property environmentally remediated to commercial standards.

The northeast and southeast corners are commercially developed with a used furniture store and neighborhood grocery, respectively.


  • See Land Use and Design Recommendations for College Avenue above.
  • Support commercial use on the southwest corner that would be appropriate to and respect the adjacent residential uses in terms of noise, traffic, and trash.
  • Support uses at this intersection that would capitalize upon the direct access to Butler University.
  • Support uses that would provide a destination experience, rather than a drive-through experience. Examples would be open space, a fitness facility, or farmer’s market.
  • Encourage a specialty grocery store or farmer’s market development on the former Kroger site.
  • Protect the historical architectural integrity of the existing structures at this intersection.
  • Support increased density with mixed use development such as two- to three-story live over work structures.
  • Encourage pedestrians by supporting uses that would draw neighbors to this commercial node, while providing safe places for them to walk.

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