Broad Ripple Whole Foods proposal continued until Oct. 2

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The Metropolitan Development Commission has continued a hearing on a controversial plan to bring a Whole Foods grocery store to the Broad Ripple area.

The development would be built where an old Shell gas station stands near the corner of College and Broad Ripple Avenue. The hearing will be continued on Oct. 2. Opponents want more time to review a traffic study.

Many say the project is too big and does not fit the character of the village. Opponents to the project say it's bringing "big box" into an area many have worked to keep small and local. They fear this project will take away from Broad Ripple's "village" feel.

The site plan proposed by Browning Investments includes a 75-foot tall apartment building and a 35-thousand square foot grocery store earmarked for a Whole Foods.

There has already been a push to prevent it from happening - including a petition, a Facebook page, and a silent protest during the ribbon cutting of a new garage.

Still, the Metropolitan Development Commission recommended approval of the changes at a meeting two weeks ago.

Those organized against the project say they plan an appeal, and plan to bring even more information to the table at that meeting, which is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on the second floor of the City-County Building.