Eddy Street animals relocated

Some long-time South Bend "residents" are being forced to move to the burbs.

It’s all part of the 200-million dollar Eddy Street Commons project.

The company that is overseeing development is also seeing to it that the wildlife there…has a new life.

The project calls for clearing about 13-acres of woods, just south of campus.

But not before the attempted eviction of the animals that are living there.

“We commenced the trapping July 17th,” said David Compton with Kite Realty Group of Indianapolis.

Compton says the company’s original commitment was to trap for two weeks, but the program actually ran four weeks.

He says nearly 100 animals have been trapped to date, and that 60-percent of them are raccoons.

It’s a development that many in the Harter Heights neighborhood find refreshing.

Some remember all too well what happened in 2005, when a section of the same woods was leveled to accommodate the realignment of Edison Road.

“We did see more animals in the neighborhood,
especially raccoons,” said Harter Heights resident Margaret Petersen.

It’s hard to tell what impact the relocation of 100 animals will have this time around.

“I have no idea, I don't know how many animals could be over in the woods over there,” said Harter Heights resident Josh Skube.

Compton says this is the first time he’s been involved with a development that included animal relocation, so he has no idea what to expect.

Compton did say, “it’s a hundred that won’t be going into people’s yards as the development starts.”

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