Plan Commission hears plans for east Allen retirement community

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By Louis Wyatt
lwyatt@kpcmedia.com

FORT WAYNE — No public comments in approval or opposition were brought forth during a public hearing on a proposed retirement community in St. Joseph Township Thursday. The Allen County Plan commission received a petition to rezone 19.6 acres of land on the west side of Wheelock Road just south of I-469 from agricultural to multiple-family residential, in order to make way for a 150-unit retirement community.

Blue Stone Retirement Community’s 150 rental units would be distributed among 16 one-story buildings. The community is open to anyone over the age of 55.

Harrison Heller, one of the owners of developer Heller Homes, gave the community’s proximity to 469 as justification for the proposed location, stating the land wouldn’t be as appealing for single-family residential development.

During the meeting, the plan commission also heard plans for Greyson Heights, a project that would include rezoning a parcel of land on the west side of the 18700 to 19000 blocks of Tonkel Road from agricultural to single-family residential.

The development would include 46 lots just to the west of the Deer Hollow subdivision in Perry Township. Homes will range in price from $300,000-$400,000, and would be adjacent to the two subdivisions that will eventually occupy the now-defunct Deer Track Golf Course.

Two nearby residents brought concerns about water drainage, and also questioned why Greyson Heights LLC — which is owned by Granite Ridge — is pursuing another nearby development before selling all of the lots in Deer Hollow and Silver Leaf Estates.

Eric Aichie, a Tonkel homeowner, was also concerned about increased traffic.