INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Broad Ripple Avenue and a number of other streets round it should turn out to be extra pedestrian-friendly by subsequent 12 months, the Indianapolis Division of Public Works mentioned, 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 challenge widen sidewalks, it should 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 worked up for the updates — he mentioned his retailer thrives off foot visitors.
“Individuals see the shop, they see it’s bought a novel title and we bought stuff outdoors … they usually’re like, ‘I need to go in there, I need to see one thing new and completely different,’” mentioned Gardner.
Nevertheless, he understands that not all companies, particularly these on the primary drag, are as fortunate. He worries about how they’ll truthful by way of the prolonged shut downs.
“It’s a double-edged sword, as a result of I feel it would pressure companies round right here with folks not with the ability to park as a lot (and) folks not with the ability to get to locations as simply, however I feel as soon as it’s achieved, you’ll have extra folks coming to the realm (and) extra folks residing within the space, and I feel that may enhance enterprise,” mentioned Gardner.
Laura Friesen spends quite a lot of time in Broad Ripple for work and enjoyable. She mentioned 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 feel having sidewalks is essential,” mentioned Friesen.
She calls the challenge forward-thinking, and mentioned she hopes different areas of the town comply with swimsuit.
“We’re sort of taking inventory — like what’s working for us and what’s not — and too many cars in a small space could possibly be a part of that,” mentioned Friesen.
The work will probably be achieved on Broad Ripple Avenue from North Faculty to Primrose. The challenge additionally goes north and south on Guilford and Carrollton avenues and south on Winthrop Avenue.
Development begins early subsequent 12 months.