Residents claim opening of Hendricks Co. highway impacts safety, decreases home value

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Now that the latest stretch of Ronald Reagan Parkway is open in Hendricks County, drivers can travel straight between U.S. 36 or Rockville Road and Interstate 70. However, some people who bought homes nearby said they were misled about how close the road would be to their yards.

Concerned residents said the highway is impacting their safety and severely decreasing the value of their homes, so Fox59 is taking action to see what can be done.

“Nobody on the whole street is happy,” said Chuck Jones, who bought a home in the area just before construction began on Ronald Reagan Parkway.

When the people in their neighborhood first moved in, the road did not even exist. It was just a big field. Now, their homes are just feet away from Ronald Reagan Parkway.

“There is nothing between that road and my house,” said Jennifer Jones. “They could slide into that ditch if they’re going fast enough, slide into my house, slide into the cul-de-sac if there are kids there playing.”

Jennifer Jones said they were tricked into buying by salespeople for Beazer Homes. She said they only bought there because the home was on a cul-de-sac with a field on one side- a safe place for their kids to play, not near a busy road.

“They told us that it would be farther away from our home,” said Jennifer Jones. “They told us it would be way on the other side of the field that used to be right next to our home.”

Chuck Jones said he thinks the timing of the home sales in Sunchase Meadows was suspicious, as they sold the last one right before construction on the road began in 2010.

“The last house sold, we watched the people move in, very shortly after steaks went into the ground,” Chuck Jones said.

Fox59 offered Beazer Homes representatives an interview to explain the situation, but they declined.

“I feel like we were greatly deceived,” said Jennifer Jones. “I feel like they knew exactly where that road was going to be. It has been in the plans for 30 years, from what we heard. They knew exactly where that road was going to be so they definitely lied to us.”

Hendricks County engineer John Ayers said there are solutions. He said it is possible for the homeowners to install a barrier fence or a line of trees.

“If they want to do something on their property that encroaches a little bit on the right of way, certainly we’ll work with them on that,” Ayers said.

He said the county is open to helping, but homeowners will likely have to help foot the bill.

“We just have to see what measures are practical and to work with the homeowners to see how much they can put into it and how much we can help,” Ayers said.

For future homebuyers, Ayers said you need to talk to the realtor, the developer, county leaders and anyone else involved before you buy.

“It is prudent to call the agency you’re locating in and find out what they have to say about things like that, especially when  is something that is identified as being for Ronald Reagan Parkway,” Ayers said.

He said he feels for these homeowners and will work with them to improve the situation.

“No vacant land in safe in a rapidly growing area. You need to make yourself aware before you buy of what’s going to be next to you and in your neighborhood in the future,” Ayers said.

The next step for the homeowners should be to contact the county commissioners and Ayers to discuss options. Even with that, he said they can’t start anything until that section of the project is done this spring or summer.

14 comments

  • jake

    thats something no one can control when you buy a home thats the chance you take our realator said nothing was going in behind us now there is 2 neighborhoods I didnt get a refund i got tough sh-t

  • Dan

    No kidding. More leftist liberals thinking the world revolves around them. Wahh wahh I was deceived. No one told me. Morons if you were that smart you would have done some due diligence and looked it up yourself. Especially since you said it's been planned for over 30 years!

  • Stephen

    Everyone knew this road has been planed for years, Just look at the rout it is to take from I65 to I70.
    It's been in the news for years. The neighbord/county planners should also made provisions for a buffer jone as they did the dirt work.

  • Steve

    If they were that concerned, why did they not contact Hendrick's Cunty and ask them. Or for that matter all they need to have done was to look at the already completed sections south of them and they could see what was in the future.

  • Buffy

    I'm betting these same people who want us all to feel sorry for them would be fine if it were somewhere else and a convenience for THEM, No one ever wants anything in their own backyard but they are fine with putting it in someone elses as long as THEY aren't inconvenienced.

  • Jennifer

    All of you have a lot to say for not knowing the full story!!!! Yes, research was done to the best of our ability, which included going down to the Hendricks County government offices. We just recently found out the plans have been in place for 30 years…from the news station. No, it has not been ALL OVER the news, until recently when the road opened. If you look at the sections SOUTH and NORTH of us they curve away from the neighborhood. Oh, but you wouldn't know that because you don't live here. So if you look at the sections north and south of us you stil would not know their plans of building the road straight, curving it or connecting to an existing road like we wer told. And I don't expect or want people to feel sorry for me, although numerous people have said "must suck to be them" before they even knew who lived here! No, I would not want this situation for anyone else!!! Getting them to put in a barrier wouldn't just help ourselves, it helps our neighborhood and the older homes outside of our neighborhood!!

    • Jack

      Opps that was to be a LIKE not dislike. I truely feel bad for you and how you were lied to by the builders. I'm pretty sure, with kids, you would have not bought that home knowing that the road was going to be that close to you. I really hope someone helps you fight this!!!!!!!

  • IndyK

    I didn't hear this family asking anyone to feel sorry for them, just a plea for the county or the builder to MAKE IT RIGHT! It's ok if the comment trolls here don't care that the real issue is about the safety of the children and pets that live here, right next to a 4 lane highway of speeding cars and heavy trucks. Just so long as they get to make their daily, worthless comment on some website. I'm sure adding negative comments here has brightened their day.
    I'm glad Channel 59 picked up the story, maybe now there is a chance for the county to FIX THIS PROBLEM before someone gets hurt. (I know this must be a terribly liberal thought, but no one wants to see bloody kids or dogs on the highway right)??

  • Anonymous

    I hope these folks are able to get the help they deserve! They were definately misled and Beazer should take some responsibility in righting the situation! Good luck to you and as far as the negative comments go, they’re not worth the effort it takes to read them! Those people aren’t living it so its really a moot point!

  • Doug

    People in Hendricks County have known for 15+ years which field it was going through! That's why they got the lots so cheap!

    • Cindy

      What if they didn't live in Hendrick's County for the past 15+ years? Are you one of the lying salespeople that sold these homes since you know how much the lots sold for?

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