Plan panel gives OK to Fairfield corridor
A plan to make the Fairfield Avenue corridor from Packard to Nuttman avenues an urban corridor district won unanimous approval Monday night from the Fort Wayne Plan Commission.
At a March 11 public hearing, some residents spoke against the impact on traffic, parking and property taxes. Proponents argued the district would encourage mixed uses and innovation while protecting historic buildings and ensuring new development would blend in.
The plan was advanced after about four years of work by members of the Packard Area Planning Alliance, a coalition of neighborhood organizations, and the city’s community development department.
The new zoning, which would replace spot residential and commercial zoning, is being recommended to the City Council. Council can approve or reject any rezonings.
Also passed at Monday’s meeting:
• A plan to redevelop the Glenbrook Square area left vacant by the exit of Sears into The Shoppes at Glenbrook and a Portillo’s Chicago-style casual eatery. Also passed was a new master sign plan.
• A rezoning and primary development plan that will turn the former Apollo Coventry Theater property into 180 apartments in 10 buildings. The Ventry Apartments development is proposed by Domo Development, Carmel. The company is also behind the Cityscape Flats apartment development in downtown Fort Wayne and Bonterra apartments in Perry Township.
• A rezoning from agricultural/low intensity residential to limited commercial and a primary development plan for a third Shigs in Pit restaurant and a Indiana Physical Therapy office on the north side of the 8500 block of Illinois Road in Aboite Township.
• A rezoning to general commercial properties of three Lassus gas stations in advance of an expected passage of a Fort Wayne ordinance disallowing new gas stations as special uses and limiting them to general commercial zoning. The new ordinance would also allow streamlined expansion plans for stations in general commercial zones.
One of the stations is in a limited commercial zone at Coldwater and East Wallen roads. The two others are in neighborhood center zones at Maplecrest and Rothman roads and the Shoppes at Scott Road along Indiana 14. All operate as special uses.
Another Lassus station on U.S. 24 was rezoned to limited commercial because it is a conforming use now in an agricultural zone and closer to residential areas.
Fort Wayne City Council last week put off a vote on the zoning ordinance for two weeks, which means it could come up at the March 26 meeting, said John Crawford, council president.