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County Commissioners OK contested housing project

Ric Zehr
Ric Zehr
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Friday, September 08, 2017 12:01 am

A controversial housing development in northern Allen County won unanimous approval from the three County Commissioners Friday following the developer's decision to cut the originally proposed number of homes in half.

The county's Plan Commission in June approved developer Ric Zehr's proposal to build Sage Pointe along Crawford Road, but many nearby residents mounted a campaign to persuade the commissioners to overturn the decision, claiming it would increase housing density and create traffic that would swamp Crawford Road, posing hazards for motorists and pedestrians alike.

As originally proposed, Sage Pointe would have contained 115 lots but that number was reduced to 81 prior to the Plan Commission vote. Zehr, however, said he will sign a letter committing to develop no more than 62 lots. The larger lots will result in higher-priced homes, he said, with the base increasing from about $275,000 under the original plan to about $325,000 — a figure consistent with other homes in the area, he said.

More than 100 nearby residents signed a petition opposing the project. Opponents also suggested they would be willing to buy the property. On Friday, however, the commissioners said they could not consider any potential purchase deal and agreed the project would improve drainage, would not create undue traffic problems and was consistent with the county's long-range plan for growth in the area.


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