Parkview Inverness expansion raises concerns for Fort Wayne residents

A new Parkview development is causing an uproar for people who live nearby.

Posted: Jan 14, 2020 11:07 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2020 10:20 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The new health campus is located on about 6 acres across three lots but residents say the changes Parkview is suggesting are not what was originally agreed upon.

Some residents near Inverness Centre aren't happy about Parkview’s proposal to build a facility near Marietta Drive.

"I just don't agree with the fact that this facility that they are doing was in the planning prior to the one-story building that's being built and we were told nothing was going to happen there," Todd Brookmeyer said.

Todd Brookmeyer is the president of the Lake of the Woods Association.

He said the proposal doesn't follow the zoning ordinance, he also said it’s an invasion of privacy and brings unwanted traffic.

He has no problem with Parkview's services, but wishes there was more consideration of the residents.

"They're setting back the proposed building further so it's literally going to be in backyards, in the front yards of our community," Brookmeyer added.

Phil Kosmala has lived here for six years.

He said he is going to have to say goodbye to the view he loves so much, but most importantly wonders what's going to happen when it floods.

“We have a big view window here. One of the proposed buildings is a three-story building for us to sit here and enjoy our view we've had since we lived here. We're now going to see that new three-story building as you see we have a very nice pond here," Kosmala said.

He said a lot of the runoff water ends up on Marietta Drive where they live.

The berm where the building is going helped.

"That berm has affected the homes here on Marietta. In regards to now, the water has nowhere to go," Kosmala explained.

Plans submitted to the department of planning services call for a 130,000 square-foot medical building and includes a request for zoning ordinance waivers regarding lighting as well as building height, and size.

Parkview is asking for 60 feet in height compared to the 40 feet that's allowed in the ordinance.

Parkview released the following statement to FOX 55:

"As more people choose Parkview, we are committed to increasing access to high-quality care. Parkview Inverness was designed to meet the majority of patients’ care needs – including primary care, lab, infusion, outpatient services and more – in one convenient location. We appreciate all feedback from neighboring businesses and individuals. Pending approvals, we feel the health campus will be a unique asset to the community."

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