by Steve Gordon

Tuesday night’s Plan Commission meeting focused on a presentation for a request to change the zoning for a development project at the intersection of Minnich Rd. and SR 930.

Glenn Conkling, a representative of Tricon and local land developer, made a presentation to the New Haven Plan Commission that described a proposed multi-business project on the northeast corner of Minnich and 930.  Of the 65 acres bounded by Minnich Rd., SR 930, and Dawkins Rd., only the southernmost 34 acres is seeking a zoning designation change from the current C-1 to I-1.

Mr. Conkling stated that he is working in partnership with RDC to develop the site for an “international company with an easily recognized name” that will be revealed at a later, more appropriate time.  The company was only described as a package delivery firm and that this will be a distribution center.  The center will act as an anchor for anticipated business or retail development in the remainder of the 65 acres.

Construction is expected to begin next spring with completion approximately mid-2014.

Bud Hall, owner of Hall’s Restaurants, currently owns the property to the west on Minnich Rd. and spoke in favor of the project.  He anticipates possible sit down restaurants to be built in the area.

Mr. Conkling expressed his desire to see that this project will meet the expectations of the community.  He gave examples of other developments in Allen County that he as been involved with.  They included: Cameron Creek, Timber Creek, Windsor Point, and Dawson’s Creek in northern Fort Wayne.

Other than the actual distribution center, no other development is currently planned.

Brian Yoh, New Haven’s planning director, stated that “RDC has been very cooperative” in meeting all of the city’s requests.

The public was invited to make comments.  City Councilman Bob Byrd spoke in favor of the project and the large financial impact it could have on New Haven.  A representative from Holiday Inn Express shared his concern that increased noise could impact the quality of service for his customers.  A nearby resident also expressed concern that increased traffic could negatively impact the quality of life for his family.

A decision for the rezoning is expected at the December 18th Plan Commission meeting.


POSTED: 11/22/12 at 10:43 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News