SOUTH BEND – The city’s Republican mayoral candidate is fighting to keep his home, but developers say it’s delaying construction on a brand new neighborhood.
Wayne Curry’s home sits on Burns Avenue, south of Eddy Street Commons and northeast of the Five Points intersection. Plans to put a neighborhood there have been in the works for about 10 years. Those plans also include putting a road through what is currently Curry’s yard.
He moved into his home – then about 600 square feet – in 1993. His upgrades and additions make the now 2,300 square foot, blue and gold home tough to miss for people driving down the nearby South Bend Avenue.
“I put a lot of time into making it this way,” he said.
Developers from South Bend’s Heritage Foundation told WSBT they’ve already torn down about 35 homes in an area called “The South Triangle.” Curry and his next door neighbor are the only two left. They’re holding fast because they claim the city is breaking the law by trying to use public eminent domain law for a private neighborhood development.