In 2016, Kite Realty Group proposed an entertainment complex featuring a movie theater and bowling center east of U.S. 31 between W. Carmel Drive and Old Meridian Street in Carmel. Called CineBowl & Grill, the 50,400-squarefoot building was proposed in the former Office Depot space.
Those plans have now been nixed by the realty group.
The plan was to tear down the Hamilton Crossing Center and replace it with a new shopping center. CineBowl would include 16 bowling lanes, 10 movie theater screens, a video game arcade and a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining. Frank Theaters would have operated the business.
Frank Entertainment announced it is no longer pursuing the project. Kite Realty did not return calls for comment. For more than two years, Current has sought an update on the development but Kite officials have been unwilling to talk.
Kite still owns Hamilton Crossing, and many of its tenants are still in the space, including Chase Bank, Max & Erma's and Moe's Southwest Grill, among others.
Meanwhile, Kite has seen substantial progress on its proposed mixed-use development on the southwest corner of 116th Street and Range Line Road.
Kite has worked to transform the strip mall since 2012. Designs were revealed in 2016 with a new name, specifics on units and a strategy to "de-lease" the shopping center. At the end of 2017, demolition began on the shopping center.
Henry Mestetsky, director of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, expressed enthusiam for the project.
"We expect this to be the front door of our urban core, and it's going to be great," he said.
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