Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v04n22)
New development possibilities on northside of village - By Ashley Plummer
posted: Nov. 02, 2007
The main issue of discussion at the monthly Broad Ripple Village Association Land Use and Development Committee meeting was the possibility of more redevelopment on the northern side of the Village.
The committee met on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at the Broad Ripple United Methodist Church, which was where Victoria Burch was present to begin the opening explanation of her potential plans for the properties located at 6552, 6556 and 6568 Cornell Avenue.
Burch, who is the current force behind the new Westfield Boulevard development located next to Monon Coffee Shop, said she currently only owns one of the properties-6568 Cornell-but may be working with the current owner of the other two, pending his future property decisions.
"Since both he [the other owner] and I are going down the same track, it just makes sense for us to coordinate our development efforts," Burch said.
Burch continued by explaining that even if the other owner did not end up closing on his buildings, she still planned to redevelop her property.
"The current structure on the property was built in 1910," Burch explained. "It's not structurally sound enough to try and maintain it."
Burch continued by stating the building's age, wear and tear were her reasons for tearing it down for redevelopment.
As of now, she explained, her plans include building a complex with beautiful architecture that will fit in with the rest of the village.
She seemed certain that it would contain offices and possibly residential rooms. She is projecting that the final structure will be three stories high.
The committee seemed to understand the need to tear the building down, but they were also skeptical about parking, which is an obvious problem in the village.
Burch said that she cannot give any definite thought to how many parking spaces will be available for her building until all the final details are hammered out.
She is scheduled to appear at next month's meeting with more information.
After Burch, Brett Beck from A1 Expeditors was present to discuss the new sign and façade that CVS Pharmacy, located at 6290 North College, will be placing on their reconstructed building.
While the business is asking for a four percent increase in the space allotted for signage, the final product will be similar to all other CVS Pharmacies-a white upper half of the building with red signs (they are asking for five new signs total) that light up for passing traffic.
"To keep up with the small-neighborhood atmosphere, these are the smallest CVS signs there are, even smaller than I have ever seen," Beck said.
In other important development news, the Winthrop Avenue Condominium project passed through the city. The project has been described in full detail in past issues of the Gazette and was never supported by the Broad Ripple Village Association.
After being revised five times, the project finally passed through city committee members and will begin construction sometime in the near future.