Housing developments in northeast Allen County continue to explode. The Allen County Commissioners approved the rezoning of land near Huntertown for new housing additions, Friday.
Allen County Board of commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with the project.
The developments would cover up to one-square mile which is bound by Lima, Hathaway, Dunton and Gump roads. It will feature 677 single family homes, 120 duplexes along with commercial space and a convenience store.
There has been continued growth in Northwest Allen County for quite some time. This new development will provide additional housing that is necessary to keep up with that growth while also attracting people to the area.
Much of the growth has been attributed to the success of the Northwest Allen County School District. As a result the schools have experienced overcrowding. The district has been lobbying for a referendum on the May Ballot that would help them build a new elementary school and make other improvements.
This new housing development will likely drive up the need for even more schools in the future.
“It reinforces that the need is absolutely here now,” said Lizzette Downey, who is the spokesperson for Northwest Allen County Schools. “We need this new elementary school way more than we did when we initially thought of it.”
The Huntertown fire department has been preparing for quite sometime. They are exploring the possibility of adding a second station.
“Not only have we upped our service in the amount of man power that we have 24 hours a day, but we also increased the type of service that we have,” said Huntertown Firefighter Robert Boren. “If we add a second station we can increase not only where our coverage area is now, but also we can help better response times in the outlying areas that we have to cover.”
Construction could start in the spring.