Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Politically-Connected Developer Receives Noise Ordinance Exemption for Construction of Broad Ripple Parking Garage

WRTV reports that Keystone Construction has received an exception to the noise ordinance to work on the Broad Ripple Parking Garage late at night.
Artists rendering of Broad Ripple Parking Garage under construction
INDIANAPOLIS - Overnight construction at a parking garage in Broad Ripple is angering residents who live nearby, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reports:

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“All I really want is to be able to sleep undisturbed at night,” wrote [Resident Stacey} Merrill in an email to the Call 6 Investigators. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask. It baffles me this is allowed in an area that has so many residences surrounding the site.”

Dean used a handheld camera to shoot video between 1:15 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 and captured banging, scraping, and beeping noises from the construction.

The city’s noise ordinance limits construction between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am, but Kenney obtained a document that showed Keystone Construction, the company building the garage, received an exemption from Dec. 10 through Jan. 28.

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A statement from the Keystone Group said they’re working at night for safety reasons.

"We have placed a high priority on the safety of our workers and passers-by while dealing with the challenge of constructing this project,” read the statement from Paul Okeson, vice president with the Keystone Group. ...

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By way of background, Keystone Construction, is the same company that, along with its minor partners, received $6.35 from the City to build the Broad Ripple Parking Garage.  After construction, Keystone, and its partners, get 100% ownership of the garage, 100% of the parking revenue and 100% of the commercial rents from the facility.  (The garage is now planned to have 20% commercial space.)  The public gets nothing.  Ersal Ozdemir, the owner of Keystone Construction, recently purchased a minor league soccer franchise and is angling to get a downtown stadium for the team, which stadium would most likely be build and operated using public funds.  Finally it should be noted that the Paul Okeson mentioned in the story is the former Chief of Staff for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

5 comments:

MacReady said...

That's ridiculous. Occasionally they have hired security to shut down Westfield just West of College. It would be very simple to put in place a temporary 24/7 bypass. It would probably cost more, but if safety's the issue it's far preferrable. It would be very easy for folks to work around as well.

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Cadence Vaughan said...

Personally, I would be irritated too if it would happen to me. Imagine, you're at the comfort of your own home trying to get some sleep at night after a hard day at work, then you will be disturbed by hammering sound? That's definitely a no-no for me. I think it's better they do the construction in the daylight. -Cadence