Broad Ripple Boardwalk on hold; other 2015 projects planned

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 24, 2014) -- Broad Ripple is working to upgrade its image, but a big plan is now on hold.

This month, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works withdrew its permit application for a $3 million boardwalk along the White River because of a lack of funding.

"We will work to see if we can get it put back on the table," answered Broad Ripple Village Association President Justin McKeand.

McKead says his organization is moving forward by focusing on several goals for 2015.

BRVA is interested in creating a canal esplanade.

"It`s the area right along the central canal. It is a natural feature that is built in that is under utilized," said McKeand.

Additional Streetscape improvements are also planned. BRVA wants to re-pave more streets, add more bike racks and decorative cross walks and plant more trees. Completing the Streetscape Project could cost as much as $4 million.

Residents also want new, decorative street lights to enhance safety and security in Broad Ripple.

BVRA has to come up with the money for the lighting, because the city won't pay for it.

"It is a tough thing to do because lighting is very, very costly. Currently lighting is on a moratorium on installing new street lights in the city of Indianapolis," said McKeand.

BRVA is hosting a regular meeting Tuesday night to talk about land use and development. Learn more here.

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