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Eight Facade Grants Awarded

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced that eight local businesses will receive 2015 Commercial Façade Grants to improve their properties. This year's awardees will receive approximately $218,000 in City funding and have pledged to contribute just over $685,000 in private investment to do everything from installing new windows to creating more attractive roof lines.

"This program is good for local businesses and neighborhoods," said Mayor Henry. "It helps businesses improve their properties and attract customers, while at the same time strengthening commercial corridors in the heart of our community."

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Housing Plans: What's Your Opinion?

Housing & Neighborhood Services invites the public to learn about and comment on its plans for spending Federal housing dollars. Check out the Annual Action Plan here and make comments from now until April 10.

The public is also invited to review and comment on the report about how last year's Federal housing dollars were spent. A public meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St. to share the CAPER, or annual report of how Federal dollars are spent. Find the report online here. Questions? please call 311 and ask for Jim Atz.

Lt. Governor and Mayor Update Community on Blight Elimination Program

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann joined Fort Wayne officials today to watch a blighted property in the Pontiac Place neighborhood located at 2801 Euclid Ave. be demolished as part of the Indiana Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP).

"The Blight Elimination Program helps municipalities around our state remove blighted houses that burden local governments and citizens alike," said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. "Through our efforts, we anticipate the demolition of nearly 4,000 blighted properties statewide resulting in improved property values and productive end uses to enhance neighborhoods through the local redevelopment activities."

Statewide, the program has made a total of $75 million in blight elimination funds available to reduce foreclosures through stabilization of residential property values. Today's demolition is among the first from the total of $7.5 million allocated to the City of Fort Wayne in two separate awards. These funds will be used to demolish, green and maintain approximately 315 blighted properties in Fort Wayne.

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Mayor Henry Announces $27 M Downtown Residential Development Project

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne and Domo Development, LLC, based in Indianapolis, have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a $27 million residential development across from Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne.

The project, Cityscape Flats, will feature apartments, row houses, parking garage, and streetscape improvements. The 3.59 acre area is bordered by Ewing Street on the east, Fairfield Avenue on the west, West Jefferson Boulevard on the north, and Brackenridge Street on the south.

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Promenade Recommended as Phase 1 for Riverfront Development

The City's riverfront consultant, SWA Group, tonight recommended building a waterfront promenade as the first phase of enhancements to Fort Wayne's downtown riverfront.

The recommendations came at the Grand Wayne Center during the Big Reveal, which is the final public meeting of the riverfront study process. SWA Group provided detailed renderings of what the promenade could look like. The first sections of promenade could extend along both the south and north banks of the St. Marys River beginning at the Historic Wells Street Bridge and stretching east toward Harrison Street.

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