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APC rejects duplex development

A plan to build a 178 lot duplex development just outside of West Lafayette is not getting the backing of the Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission.

Members voted eleven-to-one against the project between Kalberer Road and County Road 500 North.

Assistant Director Ryan O’Gara says the proposal does not align with the makeup of the community.

“Staff just generally has a problem with this whenever there is an increase in density on the suburban fringe, which this certainly qualifies for that designation,” he said.

Scheumann Properties is the company pursuing the project. It argues there is a need for the type of housing its offering. The company says it is not for students, but to get more specifically for young professionals who work in and around the Purdue Research Park.

More than two dozen residents came to Wednesday's night’s APC meeting to oppose the project. No residents spoke in favor of it. One was Steve Kanezni, who says he doesn't oppose development of the property, but isn't comfortable with Scheumann's plans for it.

"This is a dramatic shift in the overall landscape of our community and it just doesn't fit. I am opposed to the R2 rezoning. The main reason is it just doesn't fit with our community."

Tippecanoe County Commissioners will take a final vote on the project at their October meeting.

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