Schwartz Road proposals fail in commissioners meeting

This probably won't be the last time developers take interest in plots of land like Schwartz Road, but for now, residents can breathe a sigh of relief.

Posted: May. 12, 2018 7:34 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Residents living along Schwartz Road are calling Friday's commissioners meeting a victory, after the development proposals introduced around two months ago failed.

"It was a lot of man hours, a lot of prayer, and we're so happy that the commissioners did their due diligence and really saw and heard the voice of the community," said Janese Latimer-Pierson.

Latimer-Pierson was among the people upset about a proposed duplex and subdivision because of the impact it would have on traffic, how it might affect the Amish community, and how the buildings would fit into their peaceful neighborhood. They even collected 800 signatures on a petition back in March.

"We just wanted something that will actually be conducive and enhance our community," she said.

The proposal for the subdivision failed after lack of a second, and the proposal for the duplexes was voted down.

"That particular area, it was just not appropriate, we believe, for that particular rezoning to occur," said Therese Brown, county commissioner.

The developers who made the proposal declined to talk to us again. But, Taryn Willis said her and her neighbors never imagined they would get to this point.

"This is just the most significant victory that we could've ever imagined. It's honestly a dream come true," Willis said.

Commissioner Brown said this probably won't be the last time developers take interest in plots of land like Schwartz Road, but for now, residents can breathe a sigh of relief.

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