Huge housing and commercial project planned for Huntertown area

The Allen County Commissioners Friday were expected to approve a project that will bring hundreds of new homes to Huntertown. (File photo by Kevin Leininger of

A massive housing and commercial project has been proposed for the fast-growing Huntertown area.

According to Ric Zehr of the North Eastern Group, Copper Creek will cover nearly one square mile in an area bounded by Lima, Hathaway, Dunton and Gump roads and will feature 677 single family homes, 124 duplex and commercial and office space that will include a convenience store.

When complete, the project will represent an investment totaling more than $200 million, Zehr said.

Because of a low inventory and high demand, new three-bedroom homes often sell within hours, Zehr said. Single-family homes in Copper Creek will sell for between $200,000 and $350,000, and the single-story duplexes will feature one and two bedrooms and rent for between $1,000 and $1,200 per month. The townhomes should be especially attractive to millennials looking to move from apartments, Zehr said.

Zehr said the Huntertown area has been growing because of its proximity to the Parkview Regional Medical campus and the reputation of the Northwest Allen County School. In addition, the town’s new sewage-treatment plant is expected to go on line this spring, creating capacity for still more growth.

The Allen County Plan Commission is expected to consider the project next month, and construction could start in the spring.