A parking garage could help alleviate the need for parking spaces, address some safety concerns and even towing issues in Broad Ripple.
But some believe the design has changed too much over the last several months. They said it won't solve the problem of parking, will add even more retail into an already saturated area and one Broad Ripple business believes the design is dangerous because of narrow sidewalks around the garage, the amount of entrances, the expansion of retail space on the 1-point-2 acre site and a tight turn behind the garage.
The garage would be at the corner of the 3-way intersection of Broad Ripple Avenue, College Avenue, and Westfield Boulevard.
The Broad Ripple Animal Clinic and Wellness Center neighbors the proposed site. Administrator Brenda Tassava says the plans for a bank drive-thru at the site needs to be changed. Tassava said she plans on speaking against the current plan at a zoning hearing Tuesday. She supports the idea, but because the village is so highly developed and space is tight the parking garage must be done right.
“We would love to see a revised plan that eliminates the bank drive-thru so there are no safety issues for us, our patients or employees. We are supporting broad ripple. We want to see the zero setback be rolled back a bit so it is safer for pedestrians along Westfield.”
“I think particularly the way the structure is it doesn’t fit in with the neighborhood anyway. And this parking is so far on the fringe of the majority of what is broad ripple village that if you try to say that this is a parking solution for broad ripple village than i think you are kidding yourself,” added broad ripple resident Jeff Meuler.
The project is expected to be completed by next summer.