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May 9 MK Plan Meeting Minutes

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49th and Pennsylvania

General comments included the limitation of the height of any new construction to one story, in keeping with the surrounding buildings. Where applicable, it was voiced that new construction might have increased setbacks (as seen with the Bank of Indianapolis) with green space, which would be more in keeping with the residential properties immediately surrounding the area.

A need for impact analysis studies of the level of activity of any new development enterprise was emphasized.  Residents would prefer less auto intensive uses, with a focus upon businesses catering more to the local residential needs.

A bike lane on Pennsylvania was requested.  The need for improved “connectivity” was remarked upon, to improve the safety of pedestrians (particularly children and parents with strollers) and cyclists. This might include contiguous sidewalks (placement of a new sidewalk on the west side of Pennsylvania from 46th to 49th--no neighbors from that block were present at the meeting to comment upon this), and a sidewalk on the south side of 49th from Pennsylvania to Meridian. Where possible, use of the downtown “Cultural Trail” concept with clearly delineated pedestrian and bicycle pathways would be preferred. Comment was also made as to removing obstructions on the sidewalks interfering with pedestrian passage such as street lights, utility poles, etc.

Residents emphasized the importance of no further spread of commercial zoning in the area, including even the concept of a Bed and Breakfast in existing residential stock.

Questions were raised as to the inclusion of “buffering” in the Form Based Code.  It was pointed out that ideally, the Form itself would direct use to the extent that buffering would not be needed, but this certainly could be added to the plan if needed.

In addition to the suggestion of painted “T” stripe parking curbside for the 2-3 blocks in all directions of the intersection to ensure safer entrance and exits for residents, the suggestion was made to limit parking to 3 hours during hours of operation of businesses.  This would also help with the “for sale” cars parked for extended hours on the southeast side of the corner, and would free up more parking for businesses and residents.

The desire was expressed to maintain a variety of architectural styles in this locale.

SOUTHEAST CORNER:

Neighbors are supportive of a gas station in this location.  They prefer a locally controlled enterprise (such as it currently is) which allows neighbor input as to operations. It was requested there be no banners, billboards or other visual clutter. They would oppose any conversion to a convenience store. They accept no hours between midnight and 5 AM. Concern was raised over the late hour noise from the filling of the underground gasoline storage tanks.  Neighbors were referred to Code Enforcement to evaluate this issue further.

A request was made as to add improved landscaping in an effort to soften the visual aspect of the asphalt.  Specifically, plantings to visually block the row of parked cars on the southern portion of the lot, as well as a landscaped barrier between the sidewalk and the pumps. It is felt this would provide  a better delineated pedestrian pathway along Pennsylvania St., clearly marking a pedestrian walkway.

In the event of a new development in that location, support was lent to use as a gas station.  If new construction is considered, it was requested that the building be more in keeping with the architectural styles of the surrounding area, such as is seen in historic areas in other parts of the country such as Georgetown, Alexandria Va, etc. It was agreed that brick would be the preferred building material.

NORTHEAST CORNER:

Concern was raised for the need of improved pedestrian accessibility, although other residents felt that the current form of sidewalk adjacent to Patachou is acceptable.  Concern was also raised as to the safety of bicyclists riding along the northeast portion of the intersection, with cars backing out of the parking spaces.  A bike lane was felt to help further define the presence of bicycles on the street.

Support was voiced for the appearance of the buildings, in keeping with the historical nature of the area.  Approval was given to the current use of landscaping to soften the paved areas.

NORTHWEST CORNER:

The form of the Bank building is found to be acceptable to the residents.  Support was voiced for the common entrance with a single common path and sidewalks close to the building, as a means of providing connectivity for that block of businesses.

More bike parking is needed.

Better delineation of sidewalks was requested at the location of Pete’s Service Station. A curb was also requested beginning at the level of the southernmost garage bay on Pennsylvania, to wrap west around the corner.  Landscaping might help to soften the large amount of pavement on the property.  Support was voiced to Pete’s placement of cars indoors when the business is closed. Thanks were also expressed to Pete’s for their offer to “share” parking with surrounding businesses during the hours in which they are closed for operation.

SOUTHWEST CORNER:

Consideration for the placement of a sidewalk along the west side of Pennsylvania from 49th to 46th was made, as well as a sidewalk along the south side of 49th from Pennsylvania to Meridian.  Issues expressed by residents on the west side of Pennsylvania St from 49th to 46th over the safety of exiting and entering their driveways with cars parked along the west side of the curb was addressed with the suggestion of painted “T” stripe parking which would allow better visibility of on coming traffic by providing more lee way adjacent to the driveway entrances. Emphasis was placed upon the fact that our businesses, churches, and schools are also our neighbors.  In the interest of “neighborliness”, residents concerned about their ingress and egress from their driveways might want to consult with residents from other similarly affected properties within the neighborhood to share ideas of how we have all come live together as a community of good will.



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M-K Plan Area 5 Minutes

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AREA #5 – 38TH STREET BETWEEN CENTRAL AVENUE AND FALL CREEK

DESCRIPTION:  38th Street (both sides) between Central Avenue and Fall Creek.

The 38th Street (aka as Maple Road) corridor from Central Avenue to Fall Creek is classified as a two-way, six-lane primary arterial.  It serves as major east/west commuter route that, in 2011, carried approximately 27,212 trips between Meridian Street and Fall Creek North Drive.

Four IndyGo bus routes either run along the 38th Street corridor or intersect it.  Routes 4 and 39 run along 38th Street.  Routes 17 and 19 cross 38th Street in this area.  Recent upgrades in service increases the frequency of service to 15-minute intervals on Route 38, except between Franklin Road and Mitthoefer Road.

38th Street between Central Avenue and Fall Creek

The north side of 38th Street between Central Avenue and Fall Creek is zoned neighborhood commercial and high density residential (D-9), with the State Fair grounds zoned SU-9.  The south side of 38th Street between Central Avenue and Fall Creek is zoned commercial and high density residential (D-8).

Additionally there are several properties along 38th Street that lie within the Fall Creek wellfield (W-5).  Applications for variances in any of the wellfields are reviewed to determine whether drinking water will be negatively impacted.  In certain situations, a development plan is required to be filed and approved by a technically qualified person.

The wellfield protection zoning ordinance was developed to protect the city’s drinking water.  There are seven wellfields in Marion County, each of which are divided into two districts.  W-1 is an area where a drop of groundwater will reach a pumping well within one year.  W-5 is an area where a drop of groundwater will reach a pumping well within five years.

            Recommendations

▪ Mixed use (office/retail use on the first floor, with residential on the upper floors) would be an appropriate use along this corridor.

▪ New requests for billboards should be discouraged.

▪ The bird sanctuary located on the south side of 38th Street in the Watson McCord Neighborhood should be preserved and protected.

▪ A bicycle facility (rental, repair, etc.) would be an appropriate use in the old Monon Train Station that lies adjacent to the Monon Trail.

▪ Improve relationship with the State Fair grounds by integrating pedestrian/bicycle connections between the neighborhood and the State Fair grounds. Improve look of fair grounds fencing along the Monon from cyclone/razor wire-topped to something more aesthetic

▪ Land uses that serve neighborhood needs (i.e. grocery store) would be preferred over uses that would be regional draws.

▪ A boutique restaurant, similar to Recess, would be a welcome addition to the corridor.

▪ Create a “Green District” that would become a unique niche that would attract entrepreneurs and art studios/galleries and demonstrate renewable energy sources.

▪ Promote the grant program offered by Office of Sustainability for “Green district” projects.

▪ Improve east/west connections for pedestrians/bicyclists by extending the Cultural Trail between the State Fair grounds and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

▪ Discourage redevelopment that would include fuel stations, cash/pawn stores, drugstores, payday loans businesses, and car lots.

▪ Promote the 38th Street corridor as a transit line, with transit development at certain intersections.

▪ Work with the Department of Public Works to improve maintenance of the median along this corridor.

Design Guidelines

●          Encourage businesses to seek façade grants to improve visual appeal of their store fronts.

●          Provide appropriate buffers and screens between adjacent commercial and residential uses.

●          Signage along this corridor should be respectful of the character of the corridor.

●          Rehabilitate/reuse existing residential stock, particularly those structures that have historic value.

●          The height of the buildings should be limited to either four or five stories.

●          Existing setbacks along 38th Street are appropriate, but the public realm between the building setback and the street should be enhanced with lighting, landscaping, wide sidewalks, and tree lawns.

●          Maintain rhythm of existing building setbacks when redevelopment activities  and infill projects are undertaken.

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