Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Jan 17th, 2013 | 26 comments
The proposal to remodel the former Monon Fitness Center building at 5301 Winthrop Avenue has taken yet another step towards satisfying some vocal opponents. According to Misha Rabinowitch, the attorney for the proposal, the project has been downsized again. Here are the details relayed to me by Mary Owens from the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association:
- Revised site plan significantly reducing the size of the outdoor space and increasing the amount of onsite parking to 79 (from 54)
- Identifying the parking along Winthrop Ave. as parallel parking, which eliminates the need for a variance related to parking along Winthrop Ave.
- Removing the concepts of pre-ticketed concerts and special events such that the maximum capacity at all times is 600. 350 seats inside and 150 seats outside, with some potential standing room.
- 1 year trial run commitment with respect to outdoor amplified sound.
Here is a look at the new site plan:
I’m awaiting confirmation about the bicycle parking. Originally, the proposal included an indoor bicycle parking facility. It would be a shame if it were removed for the addition of a few parking spaces, but the index at the top of the site plan mentions that there will be space for 100+ bicycles. Regardless, this project will still be a win for the neighborhood.
The hearing before the MDC is scheduled for 1 PM on February 6th at the City County Building’s Public Assembly Room. I hope to be there as a project supporter (and relatively close neighbor).