South Bend considers Fellows St. flip flop

The City of South Bend may flip flop its position on planned improvements to Fellows Street.

Up until now, the city planned to purchase and demolish some 30-homes in order to widen Fellows near Ireland.

Today an alternate proposal was unveiled that would save most of the homes.

To some, the development was a welcome surprise. “I want to stay, I love my house, I love my neighbors, I brought my neighbors here, we have a good community,” said Adam Detwiler.

To others, the development was disturbing. “Our house was absolutely going to be taken, I mean we've sold our snow blower, we sold our lawn mower we've got an apartment waiting and there's other people who have already bought a house,” said Gerry McKillip who lives on Chippewa.

More controversy was created when the city attempted to find out which way a majority of the wind was blowing in the neighborhood.

“At this point in time, with just 24 hours of survey time, we had 17 in favor of alternate “A”, and five people against alternate “A,” said Bill Schalliol, Economic Development Planner.

Alternate “A” is the plan that calls for demolishing 30 homes.

“Actually, I haven’t been able to vote yet,” said Detwiler. “I found a voice mail on my phone last night as I got home from work at 8:30 and I was told that I needed to call them by 5:00 yesterday.”

Members of the South Bend Redevelopment Commission are hoping for more reliable polling information by the time they meet again in two weeks. That’s when the panel plans on making its final Fellows Street decision.

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