PROJECT UPDATE: Law School Gets Full Support From BZA

New Law School Winds Zoning OK

The Fort Wayne Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday unanimously supported the proposed three-story, 70,000-square-foot building at the west end of the university’s campus on Washington Boulevard.

The project’s development plan received approval from the city’s plan commission Monday, but it needed the OK from the zoning appeals board to construct the school on land with a residential and commercial zoning.

Pat Hess, attorney for the university, said the law school fits the needs of the community because it would be the first such law school in the city. This would allow Fort Wayne residents to study law without commuting or moving and hopefully make it more likely for those graduates to stay in Fort Wayne, he said. It would become the fifth law school in the state.

The three-year, full-time school hopes to have 100 law students when it opens in the fall of 2013, Hess said, and that will increase to 360 students after it’s in full operation. Classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., although students will have access to the law school at all times with a key card.

It will employ 21 full-time professors, 12 to 15 adjunct faculty and about 25 administrative staff, Hess said.

One resident said she was concerned that increased traffic would cause problems in an already congested and dangerous area, but Hess said precautions have been taken to ensure the area is safe.

Access to the school will be from Comparet Street, which borders the complex and connects Washington Boulevard and Maumee Avenue.

A $2 million library will accompany the law school, as will a legal clinic to in which to practice court cases.

-Journal Gazette

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Categories: Goverment, Higher Education, Indiana Tech Campus, Project Updates

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