Subdivision proposed for Aboite

May 7, 2019

Vacant land just north of The Chapel in Aboite Township is proposed to become a 148-unit single-family home development.

The plan, advanced by Oakmont Development Co. LLC of Fort Wayne and its agent, Jeff Thomas, will have a public hearing before the Allen County Plan Commission at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The development’s fate could be decided the same day at the commission’s business meeting immediately after the public hearing.

The development, named Mercato, will be along the 2200 to 2400 blocks of West Hamilton Road on just under 90 acres. The site is across from Woodside Middle School and Covington Elementary School.

The land is zoned for multifamily residential, but is not being rezoned to the lower density single-family designation. Multifamily zoning automatically allows lower density housing uses.

The land was zoned multifamily in 1989, along with hundreds of other acres nearby, according to a report by the Department of Planning Services staff.

The main entrance to Mercato will be shared with an entrance to The Chapel and aligned with Woodside’s entrance. The staff report says the developer will need to designate the drive as a public street.

According to a site plan, lots will average about a quarter-acre and homes will be laid out in a loop circulation design preferred for school bus travel. Sidewalks are proposed for both sides of each interior street and along the south side of West Hamilton Road.

The only approval sought is for a primary plat. Single-family home developments near the site include Sycamore Hills and Veracruz.

Also heard at Thursday’s public hearing will be a primary development plan for a seven-lot commercial center on 35.5 acres at Lower Huntington and Ernst roads. The site is just to the west of the Interstate 69 exit for Lower Huntington Road.

The layout for the center is contingent on rerouting Ernst Road’s intersection with Lower Huntington Road. Access will come from a new cul-de-sac on the west side of the rerouted Ernst and a new drive on the east side of Ernst.

The proposal by Prairie Crossing LLC, Fort Wayne, does not seek development waivers for the land, already zoned for a shopping center. Prairie Crossing’s registered agent is Barry Sturges.

The public hearings will be in Room 35 of Citizens Square.