Residents and Developer Debate Townhouses

The condo craze continues in St. Joseph County!

In the last year a little less a dozen condos have been built or proposed in St. Joseph County.

But now it looks like one neighborhood is fighting future development in their area.

Sunday afternoon a large group from the Juday Creek area met with a developer to discuss a Town Home project.

FOR SALE

For 17 years the Conyers have lived at the corner of Juniper and Kintz in St. Joseph County.

“We've all grown up in this community and we like it but we need to move on,” Linda and Bill Conyers said.

But with retirement the couple is hoping to downsize.

“It’s too much too manage too much,” explained Bill Conyers.

The property owners say 6 acres is just too much to take care of anymore that's why they decided to put it on the market.

Now the land is a proposed site for a bed and breakfast and 33 luxury Town Homes.

Its an idea area residents are fighting before the lot is even rezoned by the county.

“This is not an area that's right for development this is an area that is mature.. and you want to change that .. but cram them and have it go all the way down kintz and we think that's a dumb idea!” exclaimed Lloyd Loring.

Longtime residents are worried about traffic, the environment, and property values.

“Its a different type of housing that's always been single family dwelling we just don't want that,” said Margaret Garvey.

But the developer, Steve Cooreman says they will address any and all of these issues.

“We believe we can keep the flavoring of the neighborhood, if you will, and not hurt people's resale values and it can be win-win situation for both people, said Coreman.

Cooreman says building houses on the lot isn't as profitable.

But area residents will fight to leave the lot alone!

“We would like the Conyers to stay here forever,” said one resident.

The Conyers say that's not going to happen.

“We are going to put it on the market we are going to sell it.”

NEXT STEP

The first step in this townhouse proposal will be to request a zoning change.

The project will be brought up at an area plan commission meeting in December.

After that it will need approval by the St. Joseph County Council in January.


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