Reitz Hill residents continue to protest development plans


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The people who call Reitz Hill home in Evansville are continuing their push to prevent a developer from building more homes near their front porches. Some of those options could mean losing green from their own pockets to save the green across the street.

“It’s part of the neighborhood,” said Breanna Cox.
“If we don’t have that, not only do we not have parking but it kind of feels like we lose part of our property as well,” said James Cox.

The Cox family is just one of many families taking a stand, trying to make sure a small, vacant lot remains that way. Many families in the area are concerned with parking and navigating the narrow Reitz Hill roads if homes are built on the lot.

“It would definitely be difficult. I have driven charter buses up there for tours and that definitely can be a challenge. I remember one time having to take one of the other roads down and I couldn’t get out until some of the other guys moved,” said Breanna Cox.

“Whenever we got the house it was kind of an addition, it was a bonus that was added on from the previous tennants. They had assured us it had been there for so long and it had always been used with no problems,” said James Cox.

According to the area plan commission, the lot was valued at $10,800 in 2019, but residents say the developer now wants $75,000 for the land.

“Obviously I think it’s a lot of money for a piece of property that’s roughly about a third of an acre,” said Tony Ricketts.

“I think it’s absolutely crazy, it’s too much,” said Breanna Cox.

Some residents say they’ve spoken to multiple city leaders, but know there is strength in numbers.

“We’re still covering a lot of the issues that are involved with the situation with the property on Reitz Hill and we’re just looking to get through this with the best possible answers,” said Ricketts.

The developer’s plans first need to be approved by the Area Plan Commission and by the city’s drainage board.

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(This story was originally published on February 3, 2020)

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