The Journal Gazette
Thursday, November 03, 2016 10:15 pm

Cityscape Flats plan switches gears again

Rosa Salter Rodriguez | The Journal Gazette

The developer of Cityscape Flats – a townhouse and apartment complex near Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne – has changed course for a second time in just over three months.

Now the developer wants to add a fourth story and a third-floor rear rooftop deck to eight of the 14 units converted in July from rental to owner-occupied townhouses. 

The proposal is contained in a revised development plan filed this week with the Fort Wayne Plan Commission. A public hearing has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

John M. Hennessey, president of Sunstone Construction in Carmel, one of the site’s developers, said Wednesday that market demand for larger owned units drove the changes.

The fourth floor provides an additional 250 to 300 square feet in one room that could be used as a family room, bedroom or den with easy access to outdoor living space, he said.

"There is a long waiting list of people who want units," Hennessey said. "They wanted more space."

The four-story units will cost between $300,000 and $375,000. In July, when the townhouses were proposed, prices were between $270,000 and $290,000.

All units have at least three bedrooms and three bathrooms and two-car garages on the ground floor, Hennessey said.

Design drawings show the larger units would be on the ends of two blocks of seven townhouses each.

Decks would overlook the pool and dog park area of the project, Hennessey said, and would not be high enough so owners could see into Parkview Field.

Planning department officials told developers the new plan would not need to go before the Downtown Review Committee again for approval, documents say.

Construction of the townhouses, along the Brackenridge Street side of the project, is expected to begin this year, with homes ready by late spring. The $27 million project broke ground in September 2015, with plans for 163 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom rental apartments in addition to the 14 townhouses.

The public hearing will take place in Room 35 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.


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