Since when is a subdivision with $300,000 homes deemed a trailer park?
That sentiment was expressed Thursday during an Allen County Plan Commission public hearing. Officials considered Canyon Bay, a 33-lot project in Perry Township on East Gump Road. Granite Ridge Builders Inc. is seeking primary and rezoning approvals for an addition with homes ranging from $200,000 to $300,000.
Some of the residents in a neighboring addition with homes valued at more than $1 million are upset. More than a half a dozen neighbors of the proposed site aired concerns about property congestion, the use of well water and declining home values.
"We didn't expect to be living next to a trailer park," Tim Gardner said. "That's not why we moved out here."
Canyon Bay is near the Windward Hills, Windover and Sunset Lake Estates additions. Most homes in the area range from $130,200 to $264,500, according to the county assessor's office. There are seven properties in Sunset Lake that range from $519,600 to $1.3 million.
The median home value in Allen County is $70,000.
That's not the point, says resident Thomas Metzger. He and others who spoke during the commission's public hearing said the roughly 17 acres that Granite Ridge wants to build on is undersized.
"They're trying to squeeze in 33 houses on a property that is just too small," Metzger said.
Attorney Joshua Neal represented Granite Ridge during the hearing. He said the project meets the county's requirements.
"This will not be low-end housing," Neal said. "Granite Ridge is well-known in the community and would be putting its reputation on the line."
Homes in Canyon Bay aren't in the million-dollar bracket, but homes of that value are the exception and not the rule in the Perry Township area, Neal said.
Plan commission members will vote on the project during a business meeting Thursday.
Hotel in the works
An Elkhart developer presented his plans to build a $3.5 million hotel in southwest Fort Wayne by year's end.
Shamrock Hotels wants to erect a four-story Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott that would cater to business travelers and traffic associated with nearby Lutheran Health Network.
Sajid Chaudhry, one of the project's owners, said the hotel would provide up to 91 rooms along West Jefferson, north of Olde Canal Place Drive and just south of Aboite Center and Engle roads. Amenities at the lodge would include Wi-Fi throughout the building, 42-inch flat-screen televisions in all rooms, a conference area, business center and indoor pool.
The Shamrock establishment would join neighboring hotels along West Jefferson, including Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites and Residence Inn.
The commission also will vote on the hotel Monday.