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Browning Investments Seeks Nearly $1 Million From Project Opponents

A major opponent of a $30 million development in Broad Ripple is speaking out about his latest court battle. 

Good Earth Natural Foods President Rudy Nehrling says Browning Investments has asked a judge to make him and others pay $925,000.  Nehrling says Browning Investments wants them to pay the money following the appeal of a decision to award Browning zoning variances on the project. 

Nehrling and others have been fighting Browning's plan to build a touted Whole Foods Supermarket and luxury apartments on College Avenue near the Canal in Broad Ripple. Nehrling says Browning is claiming that he and others should cover the cost of delay.  However, Nehrling says they've only been exercising their right to due process and shouldn't have to pay anything. 

Nehrling adds that it's also unclear whether Whole Foods will ultimately even be part of the project.  He says a Browning representative told the judge that they're now talking with three different possible grocer anchors for the project.   

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