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City developer asking to build triplex housing

July 10, 2018

A Fort Wayne company is proposing a type of housing that is rare for the area in one of two applications for new residential developments.

Fall Creek Development has submitted a plan for six triplexes : three attached side-by-side homes : as part of a plan for The Park at Wellington Reserve on three acres at Bass and Thomas roads.

The triplexes are two-story units with two bedrooms each. The plan also proposes two, one-story office buildings with four offices in each.

The second Fall Creek proposal is for 11-single family homes and 10 duplex units on seven acres at 3000 Woods Road in Perry Township near Huntertown.

That development is called Drayton’s Reserve, according to an application that seeks rezoning from agricultural to two-family residential, which would permit duplexes and single-family homes.

The Park at Wellington Reserve seeks rezoning from single-family residential to  professional offices and personal services and multifamily residential.

The developer cites the recent approval of a gas station and convenience store at the southwest corner of Bass and Thomas roads as precedent for rezoning the approximately three-acre site in Washington Township to more intensive use.

The gas station plan was opposed by nearby residents, but was passed by the Allen County Plan Commission in April.

Calling the plan for the triplexes and offices “the highest and best use” for the site, the developer contends that  “there is little real estate available which is properly zoned to permit the type of comprehensive, mixed-use” development contemplated.

As for the Huntertown area plan, which would be served by that community’s water and sewer system, the developer cites a “well known and documented” demand for homes in northwest Allen County and the Northwest Allen County Schools. 

Of The Park at Fall Creek triplexes, Kristen Macy, a Fall Creek representative, said she did not know of any other similar projects in Fort Wayne. However, the housing style is becoming more popular in other cities, including Indianapolis, she said.

Macy said she expected the triplexes  would be popular with people who work in the Jefferson Pointe area or are students or employed at the Spring Street campus of the University of Saint Francis. 

Triplexes have been popular in other areas where people want limited maintenance, she said. “I think people are going toward smaller spaces with less expense,” she said.

The Fall Creek name has been associated as a developer or builder of other Fort Wayne area residential projects, including Wellington Reserve, Macy said. Wellington Reserve is to the north of The Park at Wellington Reserve.

The Park at Wellington Reserve and Drayton’s Reserve also have primary development plans up for approval.

The two projects will have public hearings before the Allen County Plan Commission at  1 p.m. Aug. 16 in Room 35 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.  

rsalter@jg.net

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