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Board delays decision on Broad Ripple parking garage

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A decision on a new Broad Ripple parking garage was delayed by a week Tuesday by the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals after the garage developer requested more time.

An attorney for Keystone Construction Corp. asked the five-member board to delay a hearing on the garage to allow the developer to meet with officials from the City of Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works about construction of a levee system along White River.

Keystone has argued that the levee system will provide enough protection from floods, even though the parking garage would be built on property that lies four feet below the flood plain.

But the staff of the city’s Department of Metropolitan Development recommended in a letter last week that parking garage proposal be reworked in order to raise its first floor above the flood plain.

Keystone officials have countered that idea would make the additional cost of the now-$15 million project too expensive.

The 350-space parking garage at 6280 N. College Ave. would be partially financed with $6.3 million from parking meter revenue, which would normally flow into city coffers.

Keystone’s petition for a zoning variance will now be heard on April 17. However, it will be heard by a different set of board members than the ones that granted the delay Tuesday. The zoning board has three sets of members that attend weekly meetings.

Several remonstrators against Keystone’s proposal, including local environmental activist Clarke Kahlo, objected to the change of boards, accusing Keystone of “board shopping.”

Joe Calderon, the attorney representing Keystone at the hearing, countered that Keystone is scheduled to break ground on the project in two weeks and cannot afford to wait until May, which is the next time the set of members that met Tuesday will meet again.
 

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  • Just add more parking
    How hard could it be to raise the first floor and put one of the parking levels below it as a basement with all electrics above the flood plain line? Surely this must have been considered during planning phases.

    Outside of that, it sounds like we're missing something. Could they build it an pay flood insurance ($$$), or can they just not build it due to code?

    As for the flood wall, I attended a meeting recently with folks from the dept of public works who indicated it will be a long time until the levee is completed. Between opposition from Rockey Ripple to be let back in (after opting out originally) and the fact that there is no funding to complete it (Rep Carson must request the funds for it), a project initially set to complete this year is at least 5-10 years from finishing now.
  • Come on, folks:
    1) Give people some credit for being able to cross a busy street. Hundreds of people do it though the evening now to reach their favorite BR restaurant or bar. Hundreds more cross even busier downtown streets for the same reason. This is an urban area...not a shopping center. 2) It's interesting that the heavy equipment has been working at the jobsite for the last couple of days.
  • Better Locations
    Better locations would be behind the Vogue or either side of Broad Ripple Ave. at the other end of the strip.
  • Don't care where
    Anywhere east of College would probably be a better location, since 99% of the activity generators are east of College, but that's not really my main concern since having to cross College Avenue shouldn't be a terrible ordeal. But giving someone $6.3 Million to build something and then having them indicate they can't build it to meet code? That's a bit of a concern.
  • Wrong Location?
    You are right, they should build it in a cornfield somewhere. Where in Broad Ripple would you like them to build it?
  • you are in the Flood Zone
    If the city let's off keystone. Then I am sending them my bill flood ins. It is a Federal Thing. You screwed up. Pay or leave.
  • Failed to mention...
    What you failed to mention was the struck girl was running across the street trying to out run traffic. Isolated incident - where a parking garage would have had no impact on this situation.
  • Wrong Location
    Teen girl, 16, hit by car in Broad Ripple, hospitalized

    multiply this by 100 with this new parking garage

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    1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

    2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

    3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

    4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

    5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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