In the first of what I expect to be many updates, I present the first pictorial update of the now under construction Broad Ripple parking garage. We have spent a lot of bandwidth here at urban Indy debating the planning, financing and need of this project. The project has also generated plenty of it’s own controversy, most notably, when the developer requested a zoning variance to avoid flood protective design features; the structure sits in a 100 year flood plain.
Suffice to say, this project has traveled a long path to get here and earth is finally being moved. A large tower crane is on site to assist with the daily lifts. Many concrete columns are either already poured or being framed. If you have not been keeping up, this project intends to create a multi-story mixed use structure that will serve long term automobile parking needs for the village while providing new retail space along College Ave. There will also be a police station on site as well as bicycle parking and electric car charging spots.
Have a look at some of the pictures that were recently shot. Keep an eye out for future updates on this project as it moves forward. I expect construction to move swiftly if recent observations are any indication of the pace the construction crew intend to take.