Street trees

A proposed development along Clinton Street will require the removal of several trees.

After listening to comments from the public at the previous Fort Wayne Plan Commission public hearing, developers of Headwaters Lofts have made some changes.

Their revised primary development plan went before the Plan Commission for a vote Sept. 16. The commission gave it a do pass recommendation. The plan now goes on to Fort Wayne City Council for consideration.

Headwaters Lofts is a mixed-use development consisting of 232 apartments, 15 town homes, retail space and a three-level parking garage that will have 633 spaces. It is a $65 million project.

It is bordered by Clinton Street to the west, Superior Street to the south, Barr Street to the east and Duck Street to the north.

The biggest issues that people had with the plan presented Sept. 9 were the net loss of 11 street trees on Clinton and the narrowing of a sidewalk along Clinton in front of the building. People at the meeting also complained about how big the development was and that it seemed too cramped for the space.

The revised plan calls for shifting the building 3 feet to the east, toward Barr. That would allow the sidewalk to remain at 10 feet wide and also accommodates a 6-foot park strip. The newest plan calls for a net gain of two trees, with 19 being removed and 21 new trees planted. The suggested trees to be planted are maples and oaks, but that could change, said Michelle Wood, senior planner.

The trees would be as mature as possible, with trunks in the 2½- to 3½-inch diameter.

The commission gave conditional approval to the plan. Most of the construction will take place after the new year.

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