Condo craze on Winthrop Avenue

May 14, 2007
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A local developer is hoping to build another dense condo project in Broad Ripple along Winthrop Avenue. The proposal by locally based Page Development would bring 27 condos to 1.5 acres between Winthrop and the Monon Trail, just south of Broad Ripple Avenue. It would be next door to The Townes of Winthrop, a controversial 28-unit project by Gunstra Builders. Neighbors who fought that project over its density, height and compatability might also fight Page's rezoning request. The Metropolitan Development Commission is scheduled to consider the project June 20.
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  • I hope it gets approved. Broad Ripple would be a great urban area with increased residential density.
  • i live on 60th and winthrop and do not mind the density...what bothers me is the loss of classic building like the home furthest north in the project's zone. the duplexes are understandable (although probably very solidly-built), but it's a shame to continue losing irreplaceable homes. why can't they be incorporated into the new developement or moved to vacant lots. there was a very nice two story historic home that was bulldozed for kosene and kosene's winthrop project (was not worried about the awful duplexes that were torn down on that project either) as well. every year this seems to happen. but, as the trobinson posted, i agree with more density. i just wish there could be creative use of existing historic homes into new development...
  • I have been a long time Broad Ripple resident. I am supportive of higher-density development in the area, so long as it is done responsibly. Development is a natural progression of things when desireable places like Broad Ripple Village continue to thrive and are in wlaking distance of land that is available to build on. Hopefully the increased population density will help support the number of new and growing businesses in the neighborhood. If you want and acre of property and no dense residential development, move to Fishers.
  • I look forward to seeing a new development come into the Broad Ripple area as long as it blends into the architect that exist around the area. Page Development is a very respectable company and I am sure they will take all of this into consideration. Growth is a natural progression, and it can be done with keeping the same feeling that is present in Broad Ripple. I do hope the Commission agrees to approve this project. I think it would be an asset to the community.
  • Hopefully the crazy Broad Ripple NIMBYs get shot down again. Indy needs dense urban neighborhoods to keep young professionals in town. Honestly, without Broad Ripple, there would be an even larger brain drain from Indy.

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