FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- At the back of two narrow chip and seal roads off of Bass Road, Neuhaus Drive and Lathrop Drive, lies the site of a proposed 48-unit apartment complex.
Mark Langhor has lived near the end of Neuhaus Drive since 2017. He says the peacefulness attracted his family to the area.
"We moved in, in this area we knew it was a dead-end street. It was a quiet neighborhood, small lanes basically back to our home," Langhor said. "It was quiet and woodsy, we love the feel of it.”
Land owner Martin Henry wants to build six, eight-unit buildings on the nearly eight acres of land he owns between State Boulevard and the two non-connecting streets, Neuhaus and Lathrop.
To do that, Henry needs the city to rezone the land from single-family residential to multi-family use.
Langhor says he was originally approached in early 2020 by one of the developers for the company he works for to help with two proposed houses, but that plan changed to apartments.
Langhor said, "We started putting the numbers together, 48 units, figuring two vehicles per unit, that’s going to be 96 cars driving up and down our street ...So, we were very concerned at that point because like I said, it’s a quiet neighborhood."
That change came as a surprise to some residents. Karen Spillers says, "We came home one day and the signs were out."
Karen and her Husband Michael live two doors down from the proposed site on Lathrop.
Their concern, like many others, is the apartments will ruin that peace and quiet, and create danger for children who are often playing, walking, and ride bikes down the streets.
Michael says "We feel it’s going to hurt the neighborhood because we have so many little kids that live in this neighborhood that play, and especially in the summertime they’re on their bicycles and things."
Karen says "They need to leave this alone. I mean, why doesn’t he build over where he lives. Put it where he lives."
The developer was scheduled to present the plan in front of the Fort Wayne Plan Commission on Wednesday, but the city planning department says the developer has pushed that back 60 days, which gives residents hope they might retain their way of life.
"We are hopeful that this will not go through and it’s definitely not what we want for this small neighborhood," Langhor said.
FOX 55 reached out to property owner Martin Henry on both Monday and Tuesday to see if he could provide some details about his plan. Henry did not return the phone calls.
You can view the project proposal below.