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Browning hopes changes will help Broad Ripple project

June 11, 2013

Broad_Ripple_Browning_rendering_225pxBrowning Investments’ plans for an $18 million mixed-use development in Broad Ripple have created quite a stir among village residents and business owners opposed to the sheer size of the massive project. Now the local developer is headed back to the drawing board, in an attempt to gain broader support for its proposal. The Department of Metropolitan Development’s Division of Planning on Thursday was set to hear Browning’s request for a variance to allow for an 85-foot-tall building and a 35,000-square-foot grocery store earmarked for a Whole Foods. That request has been continued until July 11 while Browning makes changes to the design. Jamie Browning said the developer will reduce the height of the building to about 70 feet (35 feet is permitted) in addition to the floor space for the grocery. Browning said he didn’t know how much smaller the space might be, but is confident the developer can still attract a national retailer. Under city zoning guidelines for the area, just 8,000 square feet is permitted for any single commercial use. Browning will also modify the design to make it look more residential and less contemporary. “We’re trying to be accommodative to what people are asking us to do,” Jamie Browning told Property Lines. Browning Investments has staked out about two acres northeast of the intersection of College Avenue and the Central Canal for the project that also would include a parking garage and as many as 88 apartment units.

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