Some gas stations boast high-design
and architectural bonafides
, but usually they’re more significant for what comes in their wake
. So it is for a closed gas station at Broad Ripple and College avenues in Indianapolis, along the city’s central canal.
Browning Investments has plans
[PDF] to turn the site into a $25 million mixed-use development, totaling up to 100 apartments and 32,500 square feet of retail space across five stories. The site currently contains a Shell station and a 40-unit apartment complex built in the 1930s. Browning is seeking TIF funds reportedly to help lure in Whole Foods as a retail tenant.
UrbanIndy’s Curt Alles laid out some design concerns
with the project, which drew “an uproar from residents and business owners” nearby when it was first publicized in April. Alles writes:
“Taken as a whole, residential density (over 50 units/acre) would see a vast increase with this development taking a step towards making Broad Ripple much more viable as a transit supportive village typology … Sadly, another dominating structure solely dedicated to automobile parking will be some of the baggage this development will bring with it, but I suppose it is a trade off that Indianapolis will have to accept for the foreseeable future as robust rapid transit is not yet a reality.”
The project awaits a rezoning and variance hearing Aug. 15.