The Fort Wayne Plan Commission voted to move multiple development projects forward on Monday.
At the meeting, the primary development plans for the former Sears section of Glenbrook Square Mall, a third Shigs In Pit location, and the Coventry 13 Theatre were all passed.
The new owners of the the old Sears location, New York-based Seritage SRC Finance, LLC, proposed to demolish the existing structure to build a new connected addition to the mall. The new building, called Shoppes at Glenbrook, would house multiple retail stores. Tenants for the retail building have not been determined.
The plan also includes a freestanding Portillos restaurant and drive-thru in the parking lot near the mall entrance. Portillo’s serves Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and hamburgers.
Seritage would improve the parking lot with new parking islands and landscaping. They are also asking for a new Master Sign Plan to build free standing monument signs for each of it’s owned locations.
The commission voted to continue the development process, meaning the individual buildings will then be assessed through the site plan routing review process.
The third location for a Shigs In Pit restaurant also got the go-ahead. The barbecue restaurant is seeking to develop space along the north side of West SR 14 and Illinois Road. That site would be shared with Indiana Physical Therapy.
In order for the restaurant to build, the area has to undergo approval for rezoning. The space is currently a Low Intensity Residential zone, but needs to be changed to Limited Commercial.
The location would be Shigs In Pit’s third in Fort Wayne. After success on the BBQ competition circuit, Shigs In Pit opened its Fairfield Avenue location in 2012. It opened a second, free-standing location along Maplecrest Road in 2017.
The rezoning request will now go to Fort Wayne City Council for approval. A secondary development plan will be presented to the Plan Commission for review at a later time.
The primary development plan for the Coventry 13 Theatre was also approved.
The movie theater in southwest Fort Wayne that was closed by health officials last year after rodent droppings, human waste and mold was found inside is on the market.
Domo Development Company proposed to the commission a plan to turn the space into apartments. The construction would create ten new apartment buildings, each housing 18 aparrment units, as well as a clubhouse with a pool and maitenance building.
The plan was passed, but the space will need to be rezoned from a Limited Commercial zone to Multiple Family Residential. Like the Shigs In Pit project, the zoning will need to be approved by city council. A secondary development plan will also be presented and reviewed by the Plan Commission.