Broad Ripple building along Monon expanding

April 3, 2014
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The back end of a building along the Monon Trail that’s been home to CrossFit Broad Ripple the past three years is about to be expanded.

CrossFit, located at 6542 Westfield Blvd., in the same building that houses Howald Heating Air Conditioning and Plumbing, has already outgrown its 6,000-square-foot warehouse-type space.

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                              new rendering 225So to keep up with demand for the popular strength and condition program, owner Jeff Edwards will be adding 3,000 square feet. The additional space will front the Monon, making the Howald building into an “L” shape.

But that’s not all. Developer Stenz Construction Corp., which is performing the work, has received approval from the city for an additional 5,000 square feet. Stenz has no interest in building speculative retail space and instead will wait for the right opportunity, said Beau Ansty, asset management director of parent Stenz Corp.

“It would be a great spot for a family restaurant, and the onsite parking is really unique for Broad Ripple,” he said. “Once [the CrossFit addition] starts coming out of the ground, we think that people will see the great location along the Monon.”

As for Edwards, a 2008 Indiana University graduate, he started his CrossFit business five years ago in just 288 square feet of space at 71st Street and Binford Boulevard on the northeast side before moving to Broad Ripple.

The additional space will enable him to expand his classes and host competitions.

“I really love the Broad Ripple area,” Edwards, 29, said. “I intended on opening there but space is hard to come by.”

Work should start in early summer, Ansty said. The rendering shows the entire expansion, including the retail space.

The architect is DkGr Architects.

  • Hold up
    Did they clear this with the BRVA and at least 60% of current Broad Ripple residents?
    • Fits the current zoning,
      This already fits into the BRVA long term plan as well as current zoning, so need for public forums (as with some recent plans that are quite the contrary to existing zoning and BRVA self expressed long term plans).
      • (it was a joke)
        There are too many NIMBYs in the Ripple these days.
      • You had me for a minute
        Spence, glad you reposted. I have been scratching my head at "60% of residents". :)
      • NIMBYs
        The Broad Ripple NIMBYs are definitely a extremely small percentage of the overall Broad Ripple population. However, they certainly think that if they can yell and scream and lie loud enough people will mistake them for the majority.
      • Great
        CFBR is awesome! Glad they are expanding.
      • BRVA?
        I got a laugh out of that comment about the BRVA. If the money hits the right palms, BRVA will have no problem approving anything. If the majority of Broad Ripple residents are on one side of a development issue, you can always bet the BRVA will be on the opposite side.
      • RE: Larry
        Larry - Please explain how $$ affects the decisions behind what the BRVA Land Use board approves and rejects. EnVision Broad Ripple is the road map used to help evaluate what fits from a developmental standpoint. While nothing will likely fit all categories, they weigh pros/cons and then vote. If I was a betting person, I'd say you were too busy during the dozens of enVision meetings that took place to draft the actual document. It's a shame you weren't there to defend your ideals when it mattered.
        • Really?
          Do you really want to go there? BRVA is not a neighborhood association It's a group controlled by the developers, big law firms and other monied interests. Many of the people in BRVA don't even live in the Village. Did BRVA not support the public paying $6.4 million to build a parking garage/commercial development and then giving away all ownership to Keystone Construction? Did BRVA not support giving over $7 million of our tax dollars to Browning Development for the apartment complex/Whole Foods development that BRVA's own surveys show isn't supported by a majority of Broad Ripple residents? Did BRVA not support the elimination of two travel lanes on Broad Ripple Avenue in favor of bike lanes that are rarely used? That has contributed terribly to congestion in the village. Yet BRVA supported it while the people who lived and worked in Broad Ripple didn't. Tell me one Broad Ripple development sought out by a big political player that that BRVA has ever opposed. Most of the people who live in Broad Ripple hate the BRVA and for good reason. Broad Ripple used to be a nice place to live and work and BRVA has done all it can to undermine that.
        • NIMBY, again?
          Again with the NIMBY comments.. How about we know a little more about these NIMBY opponents. Do you live in Broad Ripple or on any kind of neighborhood organization? Of all the items mentioned above, the only one I thought was a good idea was the bike lanes. I don't ride a bike, but something had to be done about slowing down traffic on the avenue, and that seemed to do the trick.
        • Monon....
          I did want to mention that the expansion of the fitness club is good. No tax dollars and no bars.
        • Nice!
          Great to see this business thriving and expanding in our neighborhood. On a side note, I'm one Broad Ripple resident and BRVA member who is very appreciative of all the work the BRVA does for our little community. Love seeing all the healthy growth!
        • Moving up
          Nice to see Broad Ripple move away a little from being just a bar district.
        • RE: Larry
          Wow, Larry. It sounds like you have a lot of pent-up aggression towards the decisions that the BRVA has made. Question: have you ever attended a LUD (Land Use & Development) committee meeting to see the process? You say that the BRVA is controlled by the "developers, big law firms and other monied interests." Prove it, Larry. Better yet, I'll offer a simpler solution: become a BRVA board member and become the "lone" un-bought voice who fights for the real Broad Ripple resident! Your principles seem pristine and you certainly know your numbers. They should be honored to have you. I'll look for your name, "Larry", on the next ballot. Or are you too busy to actually be a part of the process you say is so flawed? Do you only have time to write about all the negativity from the comfort of your desk chair?

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