Pine Valley Country club has big plans to expand.
The club has submitted an application with the Fort Wayne Plan Commission to build a new, 222,000 square-foot facility that will include a new clubhouse and 36 residential condominiums on the second and third floors.
BND Development is also seeking a waiver to increase the building height to 60 feet instead of the 40 feet allowed under residential zoning.
The “Community at Pine Valley” project would cost about $25 million, according to the application.
The facility would also be home to a banquet, restaurant facilities, golf pro shop and locker rooms.
In order for the project to move forward, 75 percent of the condos must also be sold ahead of time. If that happens, the remaining condos would range in price from $550,000 to more than $1 million.
14 units have already been sold at this time.
Some neighbors are not convinced with the idea.
“This is a residential neighborhood and clubhouse and I don’t know that we need any condos in here,” said Curtis Irven.
Irven and his wife Rhonda live right across the street from the club. They worry the proposal would only change the look and feel of the neighborhood. They say traffic is already bad enough.
“When there’s a swim meet or an outing there’s traffic.” Irven explained. “Parking down and up both sides of the streets and sometimes you can’t get into your driveway. So, I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like.”
For the project to work, the developer said in the application that it needs the height waiver approved because that is the only he can build enough condos to make it worth while. If not, the project will not go on.
It’s what Rhonda has wanted since becoming aware of the plan.
“There’s plenty of condos all over the city they’re building and I just don’t think they need to build here,” she explained.
The plan still needs approval from the Commission. A hearing is set for early May.
If approved, constrution would start in the fall and be completed by 2021.