Republic Development (RD), the developer behind Saxony, clearly understands the concept of ‘community.’ With thoughtfulness and a keen eye for detail, the team at Saxony is ready for a new year of exciting events. Even though it’s January, the developers and marketing team for Saxony have their minds set on warmer temperatures and plans that will enhance its beach area. The 750 acre development of Saxony, which began in 2002, is taking its next step: Phase 1 of the Lake District.
Phase 1 of the Lake District will consist of mixed-use commercial and residential. The first building will consist of 6,000 square feet of commercial space available on the first floor and four loft apartments on the second floor. Saxony is designating the first floor for an experienced restaurant tenant(s) and will offer waterfront dining, a rare commodity in Fishers. Sitehawk Realty is working to lease the space.
A significant amount of strategic consideration by RD has gone into the design of the 20-acre lake and beach, exercise trail and its mix of commercial development along with multi-family housing. The designers even considered the angles of the sun at various times of the day for placement of its buildings.
With all of the events, amenities and housing options available in the Saxony development, it is challenging to know where to begin with its offerings. The next phase of the Saxony neighborhood is a two-story 6,000 square foot building with waterfront dining on the first level and apartments above.
Driving toward the park, you are greeted by statues ingeniously created by Indiana native Dale Enochs. This example of creativity is indicative of the thoughtfulness that is displayed throughout the development. When this statue was dedicated, Saxony contributed to the HSE Schools Foundation.
Before the first home was built, events were being planned to introduce and welcome people to the area. Saxony’s coming out party was the Oktoberfest event in 2010, and things have really snowballed from there. The Saxony community shines through its events. Not only are the events open to its residents but are offered up with open arms to the City of Fishers and surrounding areas which is rare.
Candi McKinnies-Shreve, the marketing manager of Saxony Management, has the 2014 calendar already booked up with fun events for the community. The first of these events will be a ‘Frosty Paws’ walk March 1. This first ever pet-friendly event will be a nice way to bring people out of hibernation, and like all the events at Saxony, it’s open to the community; it’s not just a neighborhood exclusive event.
The hosting of community-friendly events began with 2010’s Oktoberfest. The popular Farmer’s Market, Concerts in the Park and Movies in the Park as well as the July 3rd Independence celebration concert have become annual events. The popular summer concert series will resume May 22 through dates in August; registration to receive emails from Saxony is available on their website, saxony-indiana.com.
The Oktoberfest bash is now partnered with the Fishers Freedom Festival. Last year’s event saw just under 10,000 people in attendance. Saxony also hosts the Fishers Renaissance Faire, a wildly popular event.
The 2014 calendar will introduce a Kids’ Triathlon and a few other annual 5K runs, including the Gobbler’s Jog. Saxony has quickly developed a wonderful reputation for their focus on outdoor events. One of the more obscure but popular events is ‘Corn Day.’ “We celebrate the sweet corn crop at the Farmer’s Market on the last Saturday of July,” says Candi. Apparently giving away truck loads of corn is a huge hit!
Expansion around the lake is likely to include Saxony Hall. This building is a joint venture with the City of Fishers who signed a letter of intent last November 4. Saxony Hall would service up to 150 people for special events. The dedication of the building to the Town should take place in the third quarter of 2014. Along with Saxony Hall, the City of Fishers will be taking over the beach area as part of its parks department which is a bit unique for a Central Indiana community.
While only three years old, the beach at Saxony has quickly become a popular destination for many Fishers residents. RD has the water tested each week to ensure it meets safe levels for its residents. Its underwater aerators assist in maintaining healthy oxygen levels in the lake. Recently stocked, ‘catch and release’ fishing is quickly becoming popular, as well as the kayak and paddle board rentals. The 20,000+ people who frequented the beach this past summer will be thrilled to discover new public restrooms being added for their convenience.
Creating Saxony has been quite a journey, especially considering this eastern edge of Hamilton County was barren land. Noblesville attorney Mike Howard likes to say it was just “beans and bunnies” until Saxony and other development came along.
In addition to development along the waterfront, there will be additional development within the residential areas. David Weekley Homes is building the final phase of single family homes, creating unique alley homes that are priced in the $300,000s. JC Hart also plans to begin construction on 75 more beachside apartments in 2014.
Candi and her brother, Sean McKinnies, both graduated from HSEHS. “The growth and change to this area has been exciting to witness and to be a part of,” says Sean.
Saxony steadily has grown into a fun, family-focused active neighborhood that many are proud and excited to call home. The best part is you don’t have to be a resident to participate; however, talk to some homeowners, and you’ll learn many first discovered Saxony at an event, then decided they wanted to be part of this exciting community.
If you are interested in leasing space, please contact Keith Fried or Steve Delaney with Sitehawk Realty at 317-844-5313.