The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:00 am

Panel OKs Jefferson Pointe road

Hotel, apartments also pass

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

In unanimous votes Monday, the Fort Wayne Plan Commission approved three primary development plans for improvements to Jefferson Pointe, a new hotel on the city's southwest side and a new apartment complex on Lima Road. 

The Jefferson Pointe project includes new improvements to the site, including an internal drive and parking throughout the shopping center and a waiver for front yard building setbacks. 

The interior of Jefferson Pointe was originally a pedestrian-only area, but a vehicular drive was eventually installed near the movie theater to connect the north and south parking lots.

New plans call for a drive from the theater to the fountain area, according to staff reports from the Department of Planning Services. The eastern end of the shopping center will remain pedestrian-only. 

“Staff notes that the original concept for Jefferson Pointe did include vehicular access and RED's current inventory of shopping centers includes those with and without the access and parking,” the staff report said. 

The Meadows of Keefer Creek, on the west side of the 11000 and 11100 blocks of Lima Road, calls for a 48-unit apartment complex on 6.9 acres of land. 

According to staff reports, the site plan calls for three new buildings, which will contain 14 to 17 attached units. Each unit will have a separate entry and a one-car garage with driveway space in the front. Access to the site would be at the Winnsboro Pass intersection with Lima Road. 

At a June 10 public hearing, residents near the planned project were concerned about drainage, trash and landscaping around the development. The developer of the site, Keith Dedrick, has submitted a written commitment for the property, as well as an alternative landscaping plan to address neighbor concerns. 

“As we heard from the hearing, some folks wanted a fence, some did not want a fence, some wanted mounding,” senior planner Michelle Wood told the commission. “So this plan kind of separates areas, because there are fences there now on some properties and not others.”

The alternative landscape plan shows areas where a privacy fence could be placed, as well as mounding and tree landscaping, Wood said. The plan also moves the complex's trash enclosure and creates a privacy fence for the residences to the south. 

The primary development plan for Lakhany Hotel calls for a new building in the Village of Coventry shopping center in southwest Fort Wayne.

According to staff reports, the 18,225-square-foot, four-story hotel would include 109 rooms. The plan commission also approved waiver requests for building height, off-street parking and building setbacks.

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