September zoning issues at public meeting
posted: Oct. 04, 2019
There were approximately 25 in attendance at the September public meeting of the Broad Ripple Village Association's Land Use and Development Committee meeting held at Northminster Presbyterian Church. There were three items on the agenda (in bold below).
A) 6201, 6207, 6211 & 6217 N. College Avenue, Dan Jacobs with an information-only presentation regarding a potential office development.
This is the second month for this project to come before the committee prior to any rezoning filings with the City. The project is to raze the four properties south of the Lincolnshire Apartments on the northeast corner of 62nd and College Avenue and build a 5-story office/housing/retail structure. The petitioner incorporated many of the suggestions by the committee at the last meeting and presented an updated design for the building. The 5th floor of apartments on the south end was stepped back to present less mass to the homes on 62nd Street. The committee asked them to do still more to reduce that mass, including moving the stair towers north and removing a floor.
Glenn Ross (of the Lincolnshire Apartments which would abut the project on the north) expressed several concerns and asked to see how the new building placement would impact Lincolnshire's residents.
The committee also voiced strong objections to the proposed concrete wall along College Avenue, placed by the designers to deal with the floodplain restrictions. Either steps up to the building or lowering the building with an alternate floodplain solution would be preferable. The petitioner agreed to look into all of the suggestions for the next appearance before the committee.
B) 1904 Broad Ripple Avenue, William Niemier requesting rezoning from D-5 to C-3, to allow for general retail purposes. Petition #2019-ZON-089
This item is for the old Tin Star restaurant property. For many years it was Boogie Burger, and most recently, it was Harold's Chicken for a couple of months before it abruptly closed. The request is to rezone the property from D5 (residential) to C3 (commercial). All of the restaurant uses in the past obtained temporary zoning variances to allow the commercial use. This rezoning would allow new businesses to exist there without the need for future use variances.
The petitioner stated that the building will be leased as a retail space in the future, with no more restaurant uses. The committee agreed to produce a list of acceptable commercial uses and a list of landscaping requirements to be added to the rezoning. Then an email vote will be taken to decide if the committee will support this rezoning or not. The hearing date downtown is October 10th.
C) 6360 Guilford Avenue, Adam Hill from LOR Corp. with a preliminary presentation regarding a variance for construction of a LOR corporate office at this location.
This item was for information only. Nothing has been filed yet with the City. This property was approved for a two-story building some time ago. That building was not built. The new design is for a one-story building that will only house the headquarters of LOR. The petitioner will re-file with the City for setback and clear sight triangle variances. The committee asked for several trees to be added to the landscaping plan. The petitioner agreed to determine the final space left for that landscaping and to send it to the committee. Then, the committee will decide, via email, whether to support this petition or not.
The next public meeting of the Land Use Committee is scheduled for October 22nd at 6pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Boulevard [KK28 on map].