Controversial Jefferson Blvd. building gets plan commission approval

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Plan Commission approved a rezoning request Monday for a building on W. Jefferson Blvd. that drew several questions before stop-work orders were issued.

Quintana Plaza, east of Lutheran Hospital and west of Covington Plaza, was initially supposed to be a large garage added on to a house, but continued to get bigger to the point that a complaint was sent to the Allen County Building Department.

Martin Quintana, the man behind the project, has requested that the Allen County Department of Planning Services rezone his plaza at 6626 W. Jefferson Blvd. from residential to commercial. He plans to make the project, which he’s conducting with E.E. Brandenberger Construction, a restaurant and retail space.

The Fort Wayne Plan Commission voted five yes votes, zero no votes, and one abstention to both the request for the land to be rezoned from residential to commercial and for Quintana’s primary development plans.

“Mr. Quintana will be very relieved that the investment he’s made will not be for naught,” said architect Matthew Kelty. “I’m sure he’ll be excited to move forward working with the City of Fort Wayne planning staff, the building department, the planning commission, and with members of city council to make sure everyone understands how this will be developed and finished for the benefit of the neighbors. To minimize any problems that development may cause and to be a real benefit and to become a real asset for the city.”

The next step in this process is for City Council to approve the project for construction. That vote will happen in the coming weeks.

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