Clubhouse plan draws objections

May 7, 2019

Several Fort Wayne residents raised objections Monday to a planned three-story clubhouse and condominium development at Pine Valley Country Club.

Those who raised concerns live on or near the Pine Valley golf course.

Speaking to the Fort Wayne Plan Commission, they spoke of construction traffic, the additional number of cars in the neighborhood once the building is complete and the aesthetics of the three-story clubhouse that will feature 36 luxury condominiums on the upper floors.

One resident described the development as visually similar to a large hospital that does not fit with the neighborhood’s aesthetic. 

“What the pictures don’t show is the scale, the scale to the current houses,” said Linda Polley, who is a country club member living near the property. “This thing will dwarf our house by about four times.”

JATS LLC, the developer of the site, is asking the Plan Commission to approve a rezoning from the property’s single-family residential designation to multiple family residential to accommodate the condo units, a portion of which have already been sold. Prices for the unfinished units range from 752,000. Owners will pay to finish the interior of the units as desired.

In addition to those with concerns about the development, several residents spoke favorably, describing the project as a way to revitalize the aging country club, which was founded in 1966. 

“I am a firm believer in mixed-use properties,” resident Doug Adelsperger said, adding that he works near Midtowne Crossing in downtown Fort Wayne. “I do believe this project should be supported by the commission because I believe it is a wonderful footprint for what country clubs could do as mixed use.”

Adelsperger added that he believes the development has the potential to benefit the country club, golf course and the surrounding area. 

In other business, the Plan Commission heard testimony regarding a pair of multiunit office buildings at 11305 Coldwater Road, on the west side of the road between Badiac Road and Marcelle Drive in Perry Township.

Residents who spoke during the public hearing regarding that development were not necessarily opposed to the project, but expressed worry about the level of traffic it would bring to Coldwater Road. In particular, residents are concerned that the development will make it more difficult to enter and exit neighborhoods situated along Coldwater. 

Other residents were concerned about a lack of sidewalks along Coldwater and wanted to make sure this development would put necessary pedestrian infrastructure in place if approved.

Another set of residents remained concerned that the property backs up to wetlands and that placing two 114,000-square-foot buildings would have a negative impact. 

The Plan Commission is expected to make a decision on the rezoning petitions and primary development plans at its next meeting, Monday.