The 33-year-old company, based in Carmel, plans to open more than 800 apartments at Saxony in Noblesville, Legacy in Carmel, and Symphony in Westfield in the next few years. The privately held company already owns and manages almost 700 units in Hamilton County--a sizable chunk of its 3,000-unit portfolio.

HartThe $28 million, 287-unit Legacy Towns & Flats along 146th Street west of River Road opens this month, and the $23 million, 269-unit District at Saxony at 146th Street and Interstate 69 near Hamilton Town Center is scheduled to open in May.

Next up are two projects in Westfield: a $21 million, 238-unit community at Grand Junction, and a $30 million, roughly 300-unit project at the entrance to Symphony, a 1,400-acre community Estridge Co. is developing north of 146th Street at Ditch Road.

The company also is adding 28 apartments at its Waverley project along East Street downtown and 125 units at StoneBridge along Banta Road next to Southport High School, and hopes to build more than 200 apartments as part of the redevelopment of the old Fort Benjamin Harrison.

But the primary focus for J.C. Hart is north of 96th Street.

"Hamilton County is our platform--we expect it to continue to be the center of growth," said John C. Hart Jr., the company's president.

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