|Broad Ripple Village Association|
We had wonderful attendance at our Public Meeting on Tuesday, July 17. We’d like to thank the residents and business owners who came and shared their thoughts, as well as, the presenters who shared valuable information about their projects, plans, and initiatives. Please find the summary of what was discussed below. If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or 317-251-2782.
|PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN
IMPD North District Commander Tom Koppel spoke about IMPD’s Broad Ripple Plan. Public safety remains a huge concern in the Village especially given the July 4 shooting and loitering and cruising. IMPD urges all citizens to call 911 to report crime and suspicious activity. Both businesses and residents are also urged to keep outdoor lights on as a deterrent. While he was reluctant to share complete details of all aspects of the Broad Ripple Plan, Commander Koppel assured attendees that IMPD is committed to addressing the problem. Anyone interested in signing up for regular communications from IMPD about crime statistics can email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|MIXED-USE PARKING STRUCTURE
Ed Woods from Keystone Construction Corporation and Andy Taylor and Kevin Robling from the Department of Public Works presented on the Mixed-Use Parking Structure construction timeline and streetscape improvements.
Three-level Mixed-Use Parking Structure Features
More than 300 Parking Spaces
25,000 Sq Ft of Retail Space
Electric Car Charging Stations
Repaving sections of College Ave and Westfield Blvd
Storm Water Management (5 new sewer inlets and storm water containment system)
New Sidewalks along College Ave and Westfield Blvd
New ADA compliant Crosswalks
New Traffic Signals with LED Lights
Trees planted on the west side of College Avenue
Relocated Traffic Cabinet
What does this project do for the community?
Creates Additional Parking
Remediates a Brownfield (the harmful contaminants left behind by the gas station will be removed)
Reduces the Opportunity for Flooding
Increases Pedestrian Safety at the Intersection
Tentative Construction Timeline
July 2012 – Construction begins
July 2012 – Concrete work begins
October 2012 – Building Envelope work begins
November 2012 – Building Finishes work begins
March 1, 2013 – Completion
Road Closures and Traffic Flow
The merging lane on southbound College Avenue and adjacent sidewalks will remain closed throughout the construction process. Steps will be taken to reduce the frequency of additional street closures; although additional closures are necessary to complete the structure and streetscape. Construction will take place during daytime and overnight hours.
American Structurepoint Inc.
City of Indianapolis
Keystone Construction Corporation
Newpoint Parking, LLC
Walker Parking Consultants
Future presentations about the Mixed-Use Parking Structure will include information about:
– Operations (How much will it cost to park? What are the operating hours? What are the unique artistic features?)
– Traffic flow once the project is completed
– Residential parking permit program
Follow the Progress!
Watch the progress here: www.virtualbroadripple.com*
*click on Broad Ripple Photo Archive Project
Justin McKeand, Biz Div Co-chair, reminded business owners that Biz Div is open to both BRVA members and non-members. Biz Div meets monthly to share resources and information, network, and collaborate. So, if you want to be informed, connect to opportunities and resources, and be engaged in your community, then join Biz Div! The next Biz Div meeting is Wednesday, August 8 at 8:30 am at Union Jack Pub (924 Broad Ripple Ave.). Have questions? Want to join the Biz Div eBlast list? Contact Justin at email@example.com.
Kathleen Blackham, Senior Planner at Department of Metropolitan Development, gave an update on the Broad Ripple Vision Plan, Complete Streets and ReZone Indy.
For the past four years, Kathleen Blackham and planning staff from the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) have worked with the community during the Envision Broad Ripple (EBR) public planning process to craft a new Village Master Plan. One of the key components of the new plan, dubbed the Vision Plan, is the inclusion of Complete Streets typologies. Complete Streets are designed with bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and motorists of all ages and abilities in mind. DMD staff has completed a schematic for the Village and has passed along the revised Vision Plan to DPW for review. Once that review is finished, the EBR steering committee will meet with DMD staff and examine the final document. Once all are in agreement, a public process will commence that will involve hearings and public testimony before both the Metropolitan Development Commission and the City-County Council. If all goes well, the Vision Plan could be adopted by year’s end.
A Complete Streets ordinance has been introduced in the City-County Council that would instruct DPW to consider all road users when preparing for right-of-way improvements. Having the code adopted by the Council would add legitimacy to the Complete Streets section of the Vision Plan.
Indy Rezone is a thorough analysis and review of zoning practices in the metro area in an effort to create a more livable, sustainable Indianapolis. A key element is Form-Based Code – a comprehensive approach to addressing how the built environment affects the public realm (sidewalks, streets, curbs, tree lawns, parking, etc.) Residents are invited to participate at public events and online. Visit http://www.indyrezone.org/ for more information.
Mark Warner, Broad Ripple’s Mayor’s Office Liaison, announced that he will be in the BRVA office on Wednesdays from 10 am to 3 pm. He encouraged residents to drop in and share their concerns and ideas. He also recommended that residents utilize the Mayor’s Action Center to report their concerns to the City. The Mayor’s Action Center can be reached at 317.327.4622 or at www.indy.gov/MAC. If you need assistance after hours or over the weekend you can reach Mark at Mark.Warner@indy.gov or 317.429.7807.
Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 8 am – Noon
Merchants Sidewalk Sale – August 5, 9 am – 2 pm
The Ripple Effect 4-Mile Run/Walk – September 2, 7 pm
Broad Ripple Historic Home Tour – September 29, 10 am – 6 pm
Broad Ripple Fall Gallery Tour – October 12, 5 pm – 9 pm
Quarterly Public Meeting – October 16, 7 pm