Developer plans five-story Broad Ripple office building

July 31, 2014
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A local developer plans to build a five-story office building on the site of a closed American Legion post in Broad Ripple.

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                              225pxAt 85 feet, the ambitious project would be the tallest in the village, even topping by 10 feet Browning Investments Inc.’s proposed retail-and-apartment development on College Avenue near the Central Canal.

County records show Joseph Brougher of Brougher Investments paid nearly $1.3 million in March for the property at 6440 Westfield Blvd., just south of East 65th Street and west of the White River.

Brougher declined to provide a development cost but said it would be “significant.”

The Broad Ripple Village Association’s land-use and development committee gave the project its blessing July 22. The next step is to seek city approval to break ground in November, with an April 2016 completion.

The village’s master plan, Envision Broad Ripple, calls for buildings in the area to rise as high as 100 feet, or eight stories, whichever is less.

The building would boast three levels of parking, one underground, and three stories of office space totaling more than 70,000 square feet. In addition, plans call for 4,700 square feet of restaurant space at the rear of the building, fronting the Monon Trail.

“What the plan envisions are multi-story buildings along the Westfield corridor coming from 65th Street down,” Brougher told IBJ. “We may be the tallest at this point, but I doubt we’ll be the tallest for long.”

Brougher submitted the winning bid to purchase the American Legion property. The post had been there about 40 years, but another American Legion that’s active on North College Avenue sits within blocks of the Westfield Boulevard location.

Because the site on Westfield is in a flood plain, plans for the building show it raised about three feet from the ground and accessible via a ramp. Brougher hopes to construct a sidewalk along 65th Street to improve pedestrian traffic in the area and also work with Indianapolis Power & Light to bury some electrical lines.

Features of the building include a patio along the Monon, an area for bicycle parking, a green roof on top of the garage that extends beyond the office portion, and electric-vehicle charging stations.


  • great
    as ripple continues to grow we need to see some actual proof of the sprawl. here's to developing more views of the river besides the back end of applebees or a dock.
  • All Wet
    building in the flood plain? the neighbors will love the fact that raising the bldg 3 feet will increase the flood threat to everyone else.......
    • Need more residing
      What would help B.R. is more people living and working-- they will demand more family oriented options, fewer bars.
      • BR
        This is EXACTLY what Broad Ripple needs! More residential, office and retail DENSITY. Unfortunately the same loud NIMBYs will vocally oppose this, while at the same time lament why there are so many bars and increasing crime in Broad Ripple.
      • "flood plain"
        most of this area is a flood plain in name only, based on where the existing flood wall has been built, and, the City is kinda negotiating with FEMA about that issue. The larger issue of where the flood wall eventually ties off needs to get resolved, hopefully without gates across the City's water supply and along the west side of the canal.
      • More residential building
        I believe there is quite a bit more residences already in the plans to be built. The extension of the Monon Apartments along 61st and the Monon are set to open soon, the apartments above the Wholefoods and I believe there are new apartments (around 30 or more) going in along 66th next to Opti Park, per a notice received by businesses in the area. But I agree, more density, both residential and business, will help drive out some of the bar/nightlife traffic and increase more day/early evening & family friendly traffic. LOVE seeing the development happening!
      • NC
        The Great Balthazar has no comment on this one.
      • Congestion
        Great another Broad Ripple Development that will bring more congestion to an already over congested area. Don't think so? Try driving through Broad Ripple some time. The traffic there is dreadful.
      • NIMBYs
        I knew it wouldn't be long til the NIMBYs showed up here. If the "congestion" of Broad Ripple is too much for you, then don't drive through Broad Ripple.
        • Solution to congestion
          Once the Indy Connect plan gets on the ballot, the proposed red line should solve the problem of congestion. It's going to take the route of College Ave from 96th to 38th street before jogging over to Meridian. Once the measure is approved they'll increase frequency along bus routes through BR. Also, let's not forget that Jarret Walker is working with Indy Go and the MPO right now to help them develop better frequency throughout the system. But please keep in mind, everyone's definition of congestion is relative. If anyone were to spend a couple of days driving through Lincoln Park in Chicago and then come back to BR, I doubt they'd have the same complaints about congestion. Regarding the article, I'm glad to see more developments like this coming to BR. There's no need to add another night club. Like above posters have mentioned, residential, retail, and offices is what the BRVA needs to focus on. References:
        • Congestion? lolz
          Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.
        • No Way Ho Zay
          I hate it already! Can't we get some decent architecture in this city for a change? The windows will be too small, and it'll have that ridiculous angled cap that all the new buildings have, and what about curves for a change? This is the WORST building I've ever not seen! I can't believe the city planners would approve a gawdawful building like I imagine this one will be! And who has time to design this building when there's already so much crime in Broad Ripple! Where are the priorities?! Maybe we should call it Ballard Ripple?
          • NIMBY charges
            Can those whose fingers seem to rest directly above the NIMBY charging button try responding to the actual issue (congestion) rather than lash out at the person who raises it or do you just automatically approve all development regardless of its potential implications on how it affects the quality of life of the residents you seem so excited to attract?
          • Congestion
          • Broad Ripple
            This seems like a great development to increase the daytime population of Broad Ripple. Seems like it would be a perfect spot for start-ups that attract younger employees that would like to live in the area. As for adding to the congestion, I live in Broad Ripple and there is no congestion. Sounds like some people need to move out to the country if they want to escape any and all traffic.
          • TSIR
            Folks, the struggle is REAL. I feel for the developers that have to listen to the complaints of congestion and traffic every time they want to build anything in an URBAN area, like they are trying to build a super Walmart in someone's cul-de-sac in Fishers. SMDH.
          • Huh?
            That is difficult to do when we live there. BR is a choke point for any traffic trying to go east, west, north or south. Drive it sometime, even in off rush hours. It is a mess. School starting only makes it worse.
          • Indy mass transit
            Here is a fascinating look at mass transit in the US. Try and find Indy in the list. Moral of the story? Indy is a total failure.
          • #200
            Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.
          • Not your father's Broad Ripple
            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.
            • Another positive development
              I live and work in Broad Ripple and agree 100% that the traffic is not a significant problem. It can be slow at some times, but hey...this is an urban area. As for the development itself...HOORAY. Office and retail development brings people during the day, something that our community needs much more of. Thank goodness people are finally waking up to take advantage of the serene White River views. The BRVA land us committee endorsed the project because they know how these kind of projects help offset the cries of "too many bars". Pray that this development, and the proposed major investment by Browning, move forward. And remember Good Earth, these will mean hundreds of daytime people - potential shoppers for your store.
            • Your Imagination?
              What picture are you looking at that you can claim the proposal is the "worst building" you "have ever seen?" Is there a magic picture in your head? The article only shows the existing building on the property. And, crime has nothing to do with the city approving new developments (not to mention, the crime is mainly at night along the "strip" and has nothing to do with office buildings in the area).
              • TROLL
                Hey Chris, don't get hooked by the TROLLS!
              • Sarcasm Chris
                I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.
              • Broad Ripple is Suffocating
                Broad Ripple desperately needs widened streets. 62nd needs to be re-widened to four lanes. Westfield needs to be expanded to four lanes. College needs to be expanded to four lanes north of 71st. Broad Ripple is part of Indianapolis and doesn't get to stand as a speed bump in the way of everyone else in the city trying to get around. Indy is dying from a lack of lanes, while Hamilton County is embarrassing Indy with wonderful open routes of travel.
                • Traffic is Suffocating
                  Traffic is Suffocating, thanks for the Monday morning laugh!
                • NO!!!
                  Please don't send them to Mass Ave or Fountain Square. Keep the sources of litter and cigarette butts and drunken fisticuffs up there in BR. There are some wonderful shops and restaurants in BR and I hope they thrive. But keep the evening patrons far away from my beloved downtown.
                • Broad Ripple is Suffocating
                  Oh my - you are joking right? Do you not understand the terms "Urban" and "Walkability".
                • say bye bye to crime
                  Should have police patrolling Broad Ripple every evening or perhaps close up Broad Ripple after 1 oclock. Late street and businesses open equals trouble. If it is to have a village atmosphere, remove the late night drinking and partying and increase police patrols on foot and bike. Perhaps a police station on main street or a Broad Ripple Sherrifs Department.
                • Density?
                  First, this project is probably just fine. And I'm attracted to the new Whole Earth project because it will bring in a slightly upscale crowd that won't stand for the more-recent excesses of the nightlife. BUT, what is this great desire to increase density? Broad Ripple is NOT urban. While it may not be suburban like Carmel, etc. it is far from being "urban." Environmentally, it can be a good thing to concentrate people a bit rather than having them spread out. People can walk to the store and entertainment rather than using their cars. Infrastructure is more efficient, etc. BUT, Broad Ripple already was more densely populated than suburban areas. What is the proposed goal of the increased density? While some increase in the residential nature of the area might be good, vastly increasing it does, by definition, destroy whatever interest/charm/etc. Broad Ripple had/has. The point of the place was an unhurried yet convenient place to enjoy food, galleries, nature. The mistake has been the vast increase of bars -- and the acceptance that it is ok to build non-street-level buildings. It's much like the people who move to the country and then complain about not having the convenience of the city. The right balance was probably struck in the period about 15-20 years ago. There were still nice clothing shops, a wider selection of "better" restaurants, and daily commerce -- in addition to just about the right number of bars. The key is not to increase density, but to stop allowing more liquor licenses in such a small area (and to start reducing them, if possible).
                • Renderings
                  Any renderings of this planned building?

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