The city of Indianapolis plans to create a permit-only parking district just south of Broad Ripple Village that would enable residents to park in front of or near their own homes.
The plan would also eliminate myriad other problems caused by people who crowd Broad Ripple on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
"There's a lot of foot traffic," Stephanie Weber, who moved into the neighborhood just south of the Village three years ago, told RTV6's Jack Rinehart. "We have beer bottles on our lawn practically every Saturday and Sunday morning. Sometimes Thursday and Wednesday as well."
The key component of the plan is construction of the 300-space parking garage at the corner of College Avenue at Westfield Boulevard. Scheduled to open in March, the garage would ease parking problems for people who go to Broad Ripple to shop at the stores, eat at the restaurants or enjoy the nightlife.
"That project is rolling along as scheduled," said Brooke Klejnot, executive director of the Broad Ripple Village Association. "And it does need to reach its conclusion before we can roll out the residential permit."
The district would encompass an area bounded by Broad Ripple Avenue on the north, Kessler Boulevard on the south, Broad Ripple High School on the east and College Avenue on the west.
Parking districts are designated by the Department of Public Works. Once a zone has been created , individual residents must submit their application for parking permits to the Department of Code Enforcement. There currently is no fee for residential parking permits.
"Residential parking is enforced by IMPD," said Mari Yanaguchi, spokeswoman for the Department of Code Enforcement.
According to Mayor Greg Ballard's office, a residential parking district has been talked about for at least three decades.
"It's going to be an amenity for residents," said Marc Lotter, communications director for Ballard. "It's going to help property values in the area, attract homeowners to the area, and for the first time, people will actually be able to park in front of or near their own homes."
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