The Journal Gazette
Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 am

Affordable housing proposed for East State

Duplexes, apartments in plan


An affordable-housing project consisting of duplexes and apartments is proposed for an East State Boulevard neighborhood.

Keller Development of Fort Wayne is planning the $10.5 million Isabelle Gardens, which consists of 13 one-story duplex buildings and five two-story apartment buildings, said Dawn Gallaway, Keller's business development specialist.

Addresses are 3710 E. State Blvd. for the apartments and 1627 Laverne Ave. for the duplexes.

The two sites are not technically connected but are next to each other. They are on the south side of State roughly across from Brentwood Middle School and west of the Pizza Hut and KFC restaurants.

Gallaway said all the units would rent to those with incomes at 60% or less of Allen County's median. This year, that would be $29,880 for an individual and $42,660 for a family of four, but construction would not be complete until the end of next year at the earliest, she said.

The apartment buildings have 24 two-bedroom units and 16 three-bedroom units. The property includes a community building, pavilion, playground and half-court basketball area.

The duplexes have two bedrooms and two baths in two styles, one-car garages and separate entrances. They are not age-restricted, Gallaway said. Square footage is just under and just over 1,100 for the living area and around 300 square feet for the garages.

Access will be off Laverne Avenue via a driveway. Residents would have access to the apartments' amenities, she said.

Keller is applying to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for funding for its September deadline, Gallaway said. Awards come in January, and construction could be started by mid-2021, she said.

Approval is sought for primary development plans for the projects, which together comprise about 15.3 acres. Each project has a proposed dry detention pond and wooded areas to remain.

The land is now zoned for multiple-family residential and shopping center use; both zones allow apartments and duplexes.

The projects will have a public hearing during a meeting of the Fort Wayne Plan Commission at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in Room 35 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

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