FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The addition of trees and an adjustment in the building’s location helped Headwaters Lofts get approval by the Fort Wayne Plan Commission Monday evening.
After hearing concerns from the commission members and others at a public hearing the previous week, the Indianapolis-based developers made changes for the apartment, commercial and parking garage complex.
The building, surrounded by Clinton, Superior and Barr Streets will now be built three feet closer to Barr than originally planned. That decision allows the sidewalk along Clinton Street, across from the Allen County jail to remain the current width, as opposed to it being narrowed from 10 feet to seven feet.
The most opposed issue at the public hearing was the elimination of ash trees along Clinton Street, which has created a covered canopy of sorts along the busy road, leading people from downtown to festivals at Headwaters Park.
19 trees were set to come down surrounding the current parking lot as part of the construction. An updated plan, presented at Monday’s Plan Commission meeting, a double row of trees will eventually stand in the same spot, but the ash trees would be replaced by maple and oak trees.
Another question raised during the public hearing, addressed in Monday’s business meeting centered on the amount of parking spaces available in the garage. The parking structure would be in the center of the development, surrounded by the apartments and commercial space.
The parking garage would replace the 259 current parking spots with 633 spaces. 401 of the spaces would be available to the public, with the remainder reserved for residents. That plan allows for each apartment to get one space.
The representative for the developer told the commission Monday that four to six months of digging will be required before building can begin. If approved by City Council, some digging could begin by the end of the year, with heavy work starting in 2020.