If you thought a parking garage on this site was illconcieved before, you are going to love this variance request.
The flood control ordinance requires buildings be elevated above the 100 year flood level. Seems responsible. In addition, by having these requirements, the federal government will not blacklist Indianapolis residents when it comes time to pay off on flood insurance.
The ordinance would have the proposed Broad Ripple parking garage built at 723 feet altitude, 2 feet above the base flood elevation of 721 feet. The variance asks that they be able to build the garage at 719.2 feet. Their rational is that the long debated and disputed levee along Central Canal will someday lower the base flood elevation to 718. They postulate that if they build the garage at 719 feet, it would be above the future flood elevation, not by 2 feet mind you, but above some future mark.
Nonetheless, they are woefully below not only the building elevation currently required, but below the current flood elevation. Below is a topographical map of the parcel that I got from the City's website (I created the parcel outline and enhanced the topo contours elevation notations).