Johnny Johnson has lived in his Eddy street home for over 20 years. His property is quiet, and borders the Notre Dame Woods. ”It’s almost like living in the city but living in the country at the same time, its kind of a good thing,” Johnson says.
A good thing that could soon be gone... Construction is scheduled to start on the Eddy Street commons this fall. That first phase of construction will include 80,000 square feet of retail, as well as hundreds of condos and apartments. Johnson says bring it on.
”I’m willing to go with the flow. I’ve seen the plans, and from what I see it’s going to be a step in the right direction. It’s certainly going to be different.”
But not all neighbors are so willing to go with the development flow. One citizen has started a blog to raise awareness, in hopes of saving the wooded area.
”A lot of people keep talking about how the woods aren’t that great of woods, but they are a beautiful transition from commercial area to the residential area. A lot of us are sad to see that that area will be taken down, flattened and developed,” one neighbor tells us.
Other neighbors say the trees aren't their main concern.
”Even though I’m a nature lover, that really doesn’t bother me. But it will displace a lot of skunks that will come our way. The nine story hotel fazes me more than the fact that they're going to cut down some trees,” Linda Finke says.
Many wonder what the development will do for their property value in the long run, and how it could change the nature of the neighborhood.