Broad Ripple parking permit program moving forward

Survey showed residents support program

INDIANAPOLIS - A plan to provide a residential parking permit program in some areas of Broad Ripple is moving forward, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney has learned.

Bill Woolf, a hair salon owner and member of the Broad Ripple Village Association parking committee, told Kenney the committee met Nov. 14 to go over the results of a recent survey conducted by the BRVA this fall.

The survey got 346 responses.

Woolf said nearly 100 percent of people in the 6100 block of Carrolton and Guilford avenues expressed support for a program that would require drivers to get a permit to park on the street.

Woolf said going forward, 75 percent of the land owners in those blocks would have to sign a petition agreeing to the permit program.

“That’s the next step,” he said.

Woolf also indicated the program would have to get the green light from the City-County Council.

The Broad Ripple Village Association has vowed to post the results of the survey on its website, but the information has not yet been provided.
               
Kenney has placed half a dozen phone calls and emails to BRVA’s Executive Director Brooke Klejnot asking for information on the parking committee meeting held Nov. 14, but has yet to receive any information.
               
As the Call 6 Investigators reported, the residential parking permit program was supposed to go hand-in-hand with the new Broad Ripple parking garage, which opened to the public in April 2013.
               
A special report by Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney revealed the garage, funded with $6.35 million in public money, is largely unused.
               
Kenney learned the Broad Ripple Village Association sent a list of suggestions to the garage’s owner and manager, Keystone and Newpoint Parking respectively, back in September, but many of the suggestions have yet to be implemented.

Among the suggestions: charge a $5 flat weekend rate like garages do downtown, flag people into the garage, distribute free parking passes to businesses to encourage customers to use the garage and add signage along major thoroughfares to guide visitors into the garage.

“As we understand it, the City and the BRVA are currently working on the details of a Broad Ripple residential parking permit program, which will help alleviate the parking issues in the surrounding areas,” Mike Patarino, vice president of real estate for Keystone Realty Group, wrote in an email to RTV6. “The logic behind the garage was to increase the supply of available parking, before the implementation of a permit program, which is what led the City to issue the competitive request-for-proposal for this garage.”

Patarino said once the program is implemented, it will increase the demand for the parking garage.

“Since Keystone is not a party to those permit program discussions, we would direct you to the BRVA and the City for an update,” said Patarino.

In an interview with Kenney earlier this month, BRVA’s Executive Director Brooke Klejnot said the association would be mapping out who supports the program and who doesn’t.
              
Woolf said homeowners in the 6100 block of Carrolton and Guilford avenues are by far the most supportive.

There is no word yet on when the City-County Council will be asked to consider a residential parking permit program.

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