The City-financed Broad Ripple Village Parking Garage (BRV Garage) is still working its way through design stages and the City regulatory process. Most recently the BRV Garage was up before the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) on 10/11/11. The City needs to get a variance to build the garage without “structural floodproofing”, as well as a number of variances from the Commercial Zoning Ordinance to build the structure up to the sidewalks on College and Westfield (which we support) and to build a drive-through for the southern retail space (which we do not support). Here’s what the BRV Garage’s first floor looked like when Ratio Architects originally announced their design in July:
And here’s what the plan looks like from the staff report for the BZA:
I see three primary differences in this plan, all designed for the benefit of vehicles:
1. The south end retail space has been redesigned for a one-way drive-through that spits out to an alley on the west side of the garage.
2. There’s now a second entry for cars to enter (but not exit) the garage from Westfield.
3. The “PUBLIC PLAZA – PARKING” area on the SW corner of the original design is now exclusively parking in the new design.
Do you see any other tweaks to the design and how do feel about these design changes? At the request of a neighborhood organization, this case was automatically continued at the BZA 10/11/11 meeting. It will be heard by the BZA at their next hearing on 11/15/11 so you have time to make your opinion known.