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Bid to rezone near Erin’s House OK’d

December 4, 2018 GMT

In a unanimous vote Monday, the Fort Wayne Plan Commission approved a rezoning petition for a piece of land adjacent to Erin’s House for Grieving Children. The nonprofit plans to buy the property. 

If approved by the Fort Wayne City Council, about 4.8 acres of land directly south of Erin’s House would be rezoned from its current residential designation to C1 professional office and personal services. The rezoning is subject to a written commitment similar to one that exists for the current Erin’s House property, 5670 YMCA Park Drive West.

Erin’s House provides grief services to children and young adults ages 3 to 30 who have experienced the death of a loved one.


The rezoning request is intended to bring the parcel of land in line with the zoning for the existing Erin’s House facility. According to Department of Planning Services staff reports, the nonprofit plans to buy the site from developer Don Steininger and preserve it for future expansion or protection from an incompatible use.

“They have no real plans for it right now, other than the fact that, quite honestly, we made them a price they couldn’t afford not to take,” Steininger told the Plan Commission. “They really want it for protection, and so they have it for future use.”

The site is in the City Council district represented by Councilman Paul Ensley, R-1st, who is the council’s appointee to the Plan Commission this year. Ensley said he believes the commercial zoning is appropriate and that he will do what he can to help the measure move forward when it comes forward for City Council review. 

In other business, a primary development plan for a development at the Jefferson Pointe shopping center was postponed until the Plan Commission’s February public hearing.  Under that plan, RED Development is seeking to extend a road through the interior of the shopping center.

Additionally, a primary development plan for an expansion at the New Covenant Worship Center, 3420 E. Paulding Road, was unanimously approved Monday.