Fall BRVA meeting
posted: Dec. 06, 2019
There were about 130 attendees at the Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA) Public Meeting and Election held at the Storefront Theater on November 19th. Food and drink for the event was provided by The Vanguard and Sun King. The ballot of candidates to join the BRVA board of directors was a slate pre-approved by a BRVA committee, as it was last year. Members voted on whether to accept that slate or not.
BRVA president Joshua John outlined accomplishments of 2019. These included development of the River Walk project to connect Broad Ripple Park and the Monon Trail, and improvements to the Dog Park at Broad Ripple Park.
Next on the agenda was Purdue Polytechnic High School principal Keeanna Warren, who spoke about the very positive opening of the 1405 Broad Ripple Avenue school [I11 on map].
IMPD commander Michael Wolley discussed crime in North District. He explained that violent crime is down.
BRVA executive director Colleen Fanning shared the goals for 2020. In the works are new pedestal maps in the Village, a new fold-out tourist map, Red Line promo ideas to include local businesses, completing the design for the new Broad Ripple Avenue plan (said to be Georgia Street-like), and compiling a list of available commercial properties in the area to help with redevelopment.
There was a brief Q & A period after the meeting. The discussion got a little heated when the subject of vacant properties and redevelopment came up. Projects discussed were the Metazoa proposal that was for the canal spot next to The Coil, and the project proposed for the properties along College Avenue south of the Lincolnshire Apartments.
The next public BRVA meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2020 at the Indianapolis Art Center.