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Disagreement about parking delays project on Meridian Street

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A local developer’s plans to renovate a long-vacant and graffiti-covered 1915 building along Meridian Street have hit a snag over a lack of parking. Riley Area Development Corp. has proposed 24 apartment units for the three-story brick building at 1773 N. Meridian St.  

Real Estate A restoration of this long-vacant apartment building is on hold. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

The city’s planning department endorsed the developer’s request for a variance to a requirement for 24 off-site parking spaces. The building is surrounded by surface parking lots and metered spaces, and several IndyGo routes travel along Meridian Street.

“Urban sites should be developed to the highest intensity possible,” the staff report notes. “To require this site to meet the required off-street parking standards would require the demolition of a portion of the building or acquisition of adjacent sites. Finally, it is a common and preferred planning method that little or no off-street parking be added to a reuse of an inner-city site.”

But neighboring property owners complained, and a hearing examiner of the Metropolitan Development Commission last month denied the plans.

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  • We Should Know
    Many of us live in a building that Riley has developed with a variance to off-street parking. There is a lot on the property, but it is reserved for the rich residents in the building AROUND THE CORNER, even though that property already has a parking garage attached to its own building. The refuse to rent space in either lot to us. It has been a nightmare. We have limited income and only have meters, which has cost us thousands of dollars (no exaggeration). We need our cars for trips to doctors and jobs off the bus routes. Our concerns to Riley have been fruitless. Now they want to do it to others? Pitiful. Thanks to the neighbors at this new property for bringing the concern to the Metropolitan Development Commission and to the Commission for heeding them.
  • We Should Know
    Many of us live in a building that Riley has developed with a variance to off-street parking. There is a lot on the property, but it is reserved for the rich residents in the building AROUND THE CORNER, even though that property already has a parking garage attached to its own building. The refuse to rent space in either lot to us. It has been a nightmare. We have limited income and only have meters, which has cost us thousands of dollars (no exaggeration). Our concerns to Riley have been fruitless. Now they want to do it to others? Pitiful. Thanks to the Metropolitan Development Commission.
  • We Should Know
    Many of us live in a building that Riley has developed with a variance to off-street parking. There is a lot on the property, but it is reserved for the rich residents in the building AROUND THE CORNER, even though that property already has a parking garage attached to its own building. The refuse to rent space in either lot to us. It has been a nightmare. We have limited income and only have meters, which has cost us thousands of dollars (no exaggeration). Our concerns to Riley have been fruitless. Now they want to do it to others? Pitiful. Thanks to the Metropolitan Development Commission.
  • what?
    Is this an urban core or SR37 in Fishers? Who are the "neighbors" this article refers to? This certainly isn't a single family home neighborhood that will suddenly be inundated with cars. 1. The developer is right - the cite's location reduces the need for an expansive surface lot (which would also be an ugly waste of space). 2. Even if needed by these residents, Indianapolis is not dying for want of surface lots. Densification, redeveloping blight on a major arterial, a construction project in lean time: this is the type of project I would think the city would embrace. Instead, the Economic Nondevelopment Commission is flipping the middle finger at good urban planning.

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