August BRVA Zoning Meeting
posted: Sept. 02, 2021
There were around 25 in attendance at the August 24, 2021, public meeting of the Broad Ripple Village Association [BRVA] Land Use and Development meeting that was held in the basement of Northminster Presbyterian Church.
There were three items on the agenda, in bold below.
925 E. Westfield Blvd., BR East End LLC - John Pantzer and Michael Cranfill regarding a new alcohol permit application.
This item was to announce a new liquor license for the old Monkey's Tale location on Westfield Boulevard. A New Orleans-themed bar is coming, also serving Po-Boys, jambalaya and possibly ticketed events like clambakes. Pantzer voiced his opinion that the current BRVA Good Neighbor agreement, that all liquor license holders must sign, has a problem. The document states that no establishment will exceed the noise level of 70 db. Pantzer's observation is that this specification is not well enough defined and need to be updated. The committee discussed this and mostly agreed that the document should simply defer to the existing noise ordinance that the City of Indianapolis has in force. The committee was divided on whether it had the ability to change the wording or if the full BRVA board needed to be involved. The subject was tabled.
6320 Ferguson St., Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Mark Demerly, Brian Tuohy, and Sasha Milosavljevich requesting a vote on the Variance of Development Standards and Variance of Use petitions filed for this project. Case #2021-UV2-016
This petition is to build a parking lot and a pocket park on the vacant land just to the east of The Coil on the canal. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is planning to open across the street to the north in October. The restaurant obtained approval to open with the existing parking at the site, but the company feels that additional parking should be secured to better serve its customers. This small parking lot, which could be completed by next summer, would add 17 parking spaces.
Tuohy showing the plan for the small parcel on the canal.
The committee and the audience expressed concerns about turning a parcel of scarce land along the canal into parking. This discussion lasted an hour, with the petitioner agreeing to refining the design of the parcel and better showing that design through new renderings of the project at the September meeting.
831 Broad Ripple Avenue, Kilroy's - Rod Collier, Paul Murzyn and Jade Abel with updated plans for the project at this location.
This presentation was not for rezoning or variances, which are not required. It was made because the BRVA Good Neighbor agreement states that any establishment must come before the committee if substantial changes are desired for a property.
The plan presented was similar to the one presented at the April 2021 meeting. The main change was to add four parking spaces to the south end of the new patio area.
The patio proposal is to remove the recently installed steel fencing and build a family-friendly (during daytime hours) outdoor space with a small fireplace and a small stage for live music. A pergola would be added in the second phase of the remodel.
The committee voted to support this request.
After the meeting, Tom Healy gave a status update on the Riverwalk project funding. He said the project is now within about $60,000 of achieving the matching funds requirements. That deadline in October 1, 2021. He also gave a few details of the upcoming Broad Ripple Avenue drainage project that will include removing many of the metered parking spaces on the south side of the avenue and widening the south sidewalk by over nine feet.
The next public meeting of the committee is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, 2021, at 6pm. Location TBD.