The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 1:00 am

Planners OK rezoning city home as commercial

DEVAN FILCHAK | The Journal Gazette

A homeowner will be able to develop her land for light commercial uses, despite the requests attracting opposition from at least 20 neighbors.

Barbara Browne, owner of the 1114 E. Goldspur Drive property, asked the Fort Wayne Plan Commission to rezone the property for light commercial uses and to approve the primary plan for an office building that will be built in the home's place. She also asked for the plot to be vacated so it's no longer connected to Centaur Acres.

Browne no longer wants to live on the property because her home faces Illinois Road, which is now a five-lane highway that sees about 26,000 drivers each day.

Many of the neighbors who live at the subdivision's 24 homes do not want traffic from a commercial development on East Goldspur Drive, people said during a Jan. 10 public hearing. About 20 people attended the hearing in opposition, and the commission received about 20 letters against the request.

The home is just south of Shigs in Pit on Illinois Road, and Browne's property is directly across the street from several businesses, including for physical therapy, a chiropractor and an exterminator.

Christian Beebe, principal planner, shared information from the city's Traffic Engineering Department and the Indiana Department of Transportation with the commission Monday. A new access point to the development on Illinois Road would not meet state standards, Beebe said, so the parking lot's access point will have to be on Goldspur.

Beebe said the department reported the development's traffic will “not have a significant adverse effect” beyond the traffic the street already sees.

Browne provided a written commitment that restricts several types of businesses, including campus housing, correctional services facility, fire station, funeral home, large group residential facility, multiple-family complex, hospital, school, zoos or a commercial communication tower.

The commission followed the site committee's recommendations to conditionally approve the three requests with unanimous votes from the five present members.

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