Proposal aims to restrict parking around Broad Ripple

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Parking in Broad Ripple will only get tougher if the department of public works has its way.

DPW and the Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA) want to restrict parking along several residential streets. The new restrictions would eliminate about 730 spots in the area.

The proposal was displayed at an open house Monday night at the Broad Ripple United Methodist Church.

Only one side of each street in the proposal would be restricted, allowing drivers to park on the other side. But several homeowners don’t feel fewer spots will equal fewer problems.

When people struggle to find a parking spot along Broad Ripple Avenue, many if not hundreds turn to the streets nearby, the same streets many homeowners would like to keep to themselves.

It’s why dozens of them showed up to an open house, where they heard DPW and the village association’s plan to add parking restrictions outside their homes.

“Reduces congestion, reduces the sheer number of people going back into the neighborhood and thereby hopefully reducing the opportunities for litter and noise,” said Brooke Klejnot, Exec. Director for the BRVA.

“That would be perfect but I don’t think it’s going to happen,” said resident Betsy Clark.

She doesn’t want fewer spots, just want fewer visitors to park in their neighborhood. Resident John Michael agrees.

“If there’s less spots, they are still going to park there. So it doesn’t solve the problem, it might alleviate it slightly,” he said.

But over time, Klejnot hopes that visitors would skip out on trying to find a residential spot and opt for the nearby parking garage instead.

“First you got to give them the opportunity to get used to it, then experience and understand it’s a convenience and then it will be part of the culture,” she said.

DPW and the BRVA said months of research prove it’s the most effective solution, but some residents still prefer the idea of permit parking to keep visitors away.

“The cost is negligible as compared to most other costs, utility costs. Why not have residential parking,” asked Michael.

DPW conducted a survey about parking in December 2013 using area residents. More than 53% of those surveyed were open to the idea of permits.

A second open house will be held Thursday, Aug. 7th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church. Klejnot said they plan to take the suggestions and concerns residents brought up and tweak their proposal. Once changes are made, they’ll bring the new proposal to DPW. She did not give a time table on how long that process could take.

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