INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Broad Ripple Avenue and several other streets round it’ll turn into extra pedestrian pleasant by subsequent yr, the Indianapolis Division of Public Works stated, sharing plans for the $6 million facelift.
Making the realm extra walkable is a significant a part of DPW’s plan for Broad Ripple. Not solely will the undertaking widen sidewalks, it’ll additionally handle stormwater capability to assist with flooding and add ADA-compliant curbs. Extra lighting and greenspace are additionally coming.
John Gardner from Broad Ripple Classic is happy for the updates — he stated his retailer thrives off foot visitors.
“Individuals see the shop, they see it’s acquired a novel title and we acquired stuff outdoors … they usually’re like, ‘I need to go in there, I need to see one thing new and completely different,’” stated Gardner.
Nevertheless, he understands that not all companies, particularly these on the primary drag, are as fortunate. He worries about how they’ll truthful via the prolonged shut downs.
“It’s a double-edged sword, as a result of I believe it’d pressure companies round right here with folks not having the ability to park as a lot (and) folks not having the ability to get to locations as simply, however I believe as soon as it’s carried out, you’ll have extra folks coming to the realm (and) extra folks dwelling within the space, and I believe that may improve enterprise,” stated Gardner.
Laura Friesen spends a number of time in Broad Ripple for work and enjoyable. She stated with extra folks shifting to the neighborhood, an replace like that is wanted.
“It’s going to essentially change traffic-wise — it’s already modified traffic-wise — so I believe having sidewalks is essential,” stated Friesen.
She calls the undertaking forward-thinking, and stated she hopes different areas of the town comply with go well with.
“We’re type of taking inventory — like what’s working for us and what’s not — and too many cars in a small space might be a part of that,” stated Friesen.
The work shall be carried out on Broad Ripple Avenue from North Faculty to Primrose. The undertaking additionally goes north and south on Guilford and Carrollton avenues and south on Winthrop Avenue.
Building begins early subsequent yr.