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Lack of support dashes Schwartz Road housing development plan

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A major housing development planned along Schwartz Road has stalled.

The Allen County commissioners on Friday did not pass a pair of petitions to rezone more than 46 acres on the west side of the 7700 to 7900 blocks of Schwartz Road to allow for the development of a 65-building rental duplex complex and an 89-lot single family housing subdivision.

The rezoning petition for the housing addition failed due to a lack of a second, while the move for the duplex complex failed after a 1-2 vote, while Commissioner Nelson Peters offering the only 'yes' vote.

The 24 acres planned for the housing subdivision will automatically be rezoned to R-1 residential in six months because there was no vote by the commissioners. The project is still unlikely to move forward, though, because the development group, NWM Corp., has said it will only move forward with the project if both rezoning petitions were approved.

The petition to rezone the 22.5 acres for the duplex development can be tried again in one year.

The planned development drew the ire of residents in the area, who argued The Lakes of Woodfield and The Village of Woodfield projects would have led to increased traffic in the largely agricultural area populatated by many Amish families. Others have raised fears that the development would include Section 8 housing, which could have increased crime in the area.

The development group, NWM Corp., argued, though, that there was a high demand for housing in the area which has experienced tremendous growth.

Hundreds signed a petition to halt the development.

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