Recently, a proposal to knock down 2 houses on College Avenue just north of Kessler Boulevard in Broad Ripple was denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission. This denial happened after the Planning Department had encouraged the petitioners to go back to the drawing board a few months ago. Here is a look at the site plan of the initial proposal:
This was to be a single-use office building, and the new curb cut was needed because unfortunately the owners of the property to the south did not allow the developers to borrow their parking lot entrance. This portion of College Avenue also does not have alley access. It was initially denied in part because it was out of character with the surrounding houses. Regardless of the reason for denial, it was not a truly mixed-use building. The site plan would actually set a precedent for future curb cuts and parking lots that are larger than the building footprints.
The developers downscaled their plan, this time piggybacking off of Ambrosia’s parking lot:
While I like the design of the office building, I do think there would have been potential for a stronger proposal if the Red Line were in operation. The developers could see less of a need for off street parking and a curb cut. I admit that my initial reaction about the city Planning Department’s decision was hasty. The city doesn’t need this project as much as it needs better transit. So let’s do that.