Looking out over the vast expanse of farmland that surrounds his home on C.R. 36 in Goshen, Ind., early Saturday (Feb. 3) afternoon, Stephen Salisbury was visibly upset about the prospect of losing that familiar landscape to industrial development.
And he’s not alone.
The Goshen News reported that Salisbury is one of a number of property owners with homes along C.R. 36 who have serious concerns about the proposed annexation of approximately 330 acres of nearby real estate being requested by the companies Lippert Components Inc. and D-ACT-Z LLC.
The property in question is located just southeast of the city limits near the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Salisbury’s home is completely surrounded by that targeted real estate.
“One of my biggest concerns is property value, for one thing,” Salisbury said of his opposition to the annexation proposal. “Let’s say, for example, that my house is currently worth $170,000. If you put an industrial park all the way around me, what’s it going to be worth then? $30,000? It’s not going to be worth anything.”
While most of the property currently surrounding his home is farmland, Salisbury said the industrial developments that have cropped up in the area since he purchased his home 29 years ago have already caused a significant increase in traffic, noise and light pollution. Adding another major industrial development such as the one being proposed by Lippert, he said, will only exacerbate the situation.
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