Some business are worried that Canal Pointe will detract from their income [May 11]. Without a doubt, this specific area needs developing. The entrance to Central Canal is an important entry to Broad Ripple Village—as important an entry as the Indianapolis Art Center—and should be treated as a vital part of the village.
Rather than inhibiting existing business, economic development of this location will encourage residents and visitors to spend more time and, collaterally, money in the area. Who wouldn’t want an empty gas station to be developed into an aesthetically pleasing fixture along Central Canal that adds jobs, introduces new residents, encourages shopping, and provides a catalyst for additional projects?
James W. Browning,
vice president real estate development,Browning Investments Inc.