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Aboite site cleared years ago eyed for long-term care facility

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Also, Habitat for Humanity plans 120-home project on Cook Road

Thursday, March 07, 2013 09:12 am
About six years ago, about 12 acres at West Jefferson Boulevard and Aboite Center Road were cleared of trees and homes to make room for a $15 million medical park. But thanks to the recession and other factors, the denuded property has sat empty ever since.But that may be about to change.

Long Term Care Investments LLC of South Bend has filed plans a $15 million, 53,345 square-foot skilled nursing care facility on 5.5 acres of the site that was to have been the Ridgewood Medical Park. The Fort Wayne Plan Commission could consider the proposal next month.

The company has a similar facility near Dupont and Diebold roads and said in its application the Aboite Township location would accommodate about 90 residents, with access into Rosewood Drive.

The company's Fort Wayne attorney, Tom Niezer, said the project could make city sewer service available to nearby homes currently using septic systems. He said the project will probably seek tax incentives and ask the city to include it in a new taxing district that would allow taxes generated by the project to help pay for improvements in the area.

Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity, meanwhile, has filed plans to develop its first large-scale residential area in Fort Wayne.

Modeled on a similar project in Nashville, Tenn., Fuller's Landing would bring 120 homes to 39 acres on Cook Road west of Huguenard Road.

Habitat provides housing for low- and moderate-income residents, and in the past its Fort Wayne homes have been scattered on individual lots in various neighborhoods. But its larger-scale projects have been successful elsewhere, said Niezer, who is also Habitat's attorney.

The project would cost about $10 million and feature homes starting at about $100,000.for a three-bedroom model.

In addition, Keller Development Inc. has submitted plans for construction of 15 residential duplexes on nine acres in the 7700 block of South Hanna St.


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