City Zoning Regulations Stall Broad Ripple Construction
Parking Garage Construction Sits On Flood Plain, Officials Say
11:49 AM, Apr 6, 2012
Plans for a Broad Ripple parking garage could soon be underwater because of a city zoning regulation blocking the project. Keystone Construction is attempting to build a retail building and parking garage at the corner of College Avenue and Westfield Boulevard, but the project is in a flood plain nearly 4 feet below the elevation required for buildings in the area, RTV6's Jenna Kooi reported.Attorney Joe Calderon represents Keystone and said the city was supportive of the construction in December.We worked hard to earn the city staff's support, and I think this recommendation certainly helped the board feel comfortable, Calderon said.In order for construction to continue, developers need an exception granted from the city, and since December, city leaders have recommended that the request be denied.Developers said theyve tried to reason with the city and claim that changing construction plans would be too expensive, but the $15 million construction cant move forward without the citys approval.Broad Ripple residents said they believed construction could be stalled indefinitely.Its a shame they're potentially not going to do it anything with it, one resident said.The Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to take up the issued on Tuesday.