Broad Ripple residents sound off on $18M project proposal

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Dozens of Broad Ripple resident attended a public meeting Thursday, to learn about and sound off on plans for an $18 million mixed-use development.

The project would turn the old Shell gas station on College Avenue into a 35,000 square feet development anchored by a Whole Foods grocery store. It would also be home to 88 apartments and a parking garage.

To move forward, however, the city would have to re-zone the land and that means the project will need the blessing of Broad Ripple residents.

“Right now, this development needs zoning variances. Without those variances it cannot move forward,” said Justin McKeand, a board member of the Broad Ripple Village Association.

By the the sound of Thursday’s public meeting, the project is facing some major pushback.

Many residents stood up and expressed their concerns about how the development would affect traffic, privacy for neighboring homes and if it would take the village out of Broad Ripple Village.

“I would be against this project,” said resident David Duvall. “It’s out of scale with the neighborhood.”

Residents will have to fill out a survey (http://brva.org/initiatives/development-zoning/), to have their voices count. The BRVA had already collected more than 600 responses before the meeting, but would not comment on whether the majority favored the project or not.

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