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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:00 am

Limited concern over rezoning for gift shop

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

Only one resident raised concerns Monday to the Fort Wayne Plan Commission regarding a zoning change for a home decor/gift shop planned for 227 E. Dupont Road. 

The owner of the property, Pedal City Beer Garden owner Janelle Ford, has requested the property's zoning be changed from professional office and personal services, C1, to limited commercial, C2. 

“We want to make it a modern farmhouse gift boutique,” said Sherrie Lairson, who will rent space in the building and own the gift shop if the rezoning is approved. “We would upgrade the exterior and the interior of the property, do some work to the landscaping, make it very attractive for people to come there to shop.” 

Referencing reports of a wine bar on the property, Lairson said the intention is to serve wine slushies for special events and not to operate a full-time bar. A written agreement, which Ford has yet to sign, would place some use restrictions on the property. Details of the agreement were not discussed during the hearing.

The only concerns about the project were raised by Bill Spohn, representing the homeowners association for the Eagle Lake development. Spohn said if Ford accepts the written agreement, Eagle Lake residents do not object to the rezoning. 

The Plan Commission will consider approval of the requests at Monday's meeting.