Fall BRVA Meeting and Election
posted: Nov. 11, 2021
The Fall meeting of the Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA) was held on October 28, 2021, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 6050 Meridian Street [JJ20 on map
]. Around 100 were in attendance. Lou Malnati's Pizza, Cholita, and Broad Ripple Brewpub provided the food and drink. At the end of the meeting there was a drawing for several local business gift card giveaways.
Chips and salsa from Cholita
As residents arrived and checked in, BRVA members were given ballots for the board of directors election. The ballot is to vote to accept or reject the slate of candidates pre-chosen by the BRVA committee.
First on the agenda was an update on the new Indianapolis Fire Department station 32. IFD Chief Malone showed a map locating where the new, replacement fire station will be built. It is on the south half of the property owned by American Legion Broad Ripple Post #3 at 6379 College Avenue [E3 on map
]. The Legion will remain on the north half. The south portion is where Johnny's Market was for decades. Chief Malone said that they might break ground on the site yet this year. The existing 100-year-old station building will remain open until the new station is completed. Then, the Department of Metropolitan Development will work with the BRVA to find a new use for the building.
IFD Chief Malone
New BR firehouse location (new in yellow, existing in red)
The new station will be a 3-bay, 2-story building. In addition to engine 32, which carries 500 gallons of water, a new 3,000 gallon tanker truck will be purchased for station 32. The third bay will likely be used by an ambulance in partnership with EMS.
Next, interim executive director of the BRVA, Kent Springer, announced that the BRVA meets weekly with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), our City-County Councilor (Keith Potts), and our Neighborhood Advocate from the Mayor's office (Natalie Van Dongen), to discuss that week's public safety issues. Two ideas to reduce police calls to the Village that were implemented as a result of those meetings were to add security to the former Kroger parking lot on Guilford, and to enforce the 100-feet-from-a-restaurant regulation for food trucks that had been operating on weekends in the Village.
The BRVA is working with local businesses to install B-Link security cameras in the Village. These specially marked cameras are monitored and accessible by IMPD.
The design for the Broad Ripple Avenue improvements have been finalized. These include drainage fixes, wider sidewalks, and decorative street lighting. The Canal Walk project will be installed at the same time to minimize costs and street closures. The project is expected to start in the Spring of 2022 and run for 4 months.
Garrett Lawton, BRVA President
Gift card giveaway
Lou Malnati's pizza after the meeting