Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™ve come across in Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC) and Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) filings as of 11/8/11 (click links to read staff reports on these cases):
1. MDC Hearing Examiner 11/10/11 – The previously reported plan to put a gas station at 324 W Morris (SE of the I-70 West/Missouri exit downtown) has been modified to remove the truck filling portion of the plan. From the staff report, it appears that site maneuverability and noise from the trucks were at issue. Staff previously recommended denial but with this modification now recommends approval.
2. BZA II 11/15/11 – The Jack in the Box proposal for 1521 N Meridian requires variances for a pylon sign and a drive-through (rendering and siteplan available in a previous Quick Hits). Staff recommends denial with pointed language regarding the need for the sign or drive-through:
There is no condition peculiar to the property that causes the need for the drive-through service unit or the proposed pylon sign. The petitioner simply wants the drive-through unit and a particular type of sign. A restaurant without the benefit of a drive-through unit or a pylon sign can be successful in an urban environment, therefore, there is no hardship presented.
An establishment of any drive-through units after the recent amendment to the Regional Center Zoning Ordinance and the adoption of the Urban Design Guidelines is wholly against the Plansâ€™ goal of dense, urban development that is pedestrian-friendly. The petition interferes substantially with the goals of the Near North Plan and the Regional Center Plan 2020, which discourage all drive-through units.
3. BZA II 11/15/11 – The City-financed parking garage proposal for the SW corner of College and Westfield requires variances related to the width of parking spaces and a bank drive-through component. Staff recommends approval. The following rendering was included in the staff report.
Note: â€œMDC and IHPC Quick Hitsâ€ is not comprehensive coverage of all cases before the Metropolitan Development Commission and Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. If we missed a noteworthy case in a recent filing, let everybody know in the comments section.
See the previous Quick Hits here.