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Residents asked to complete south Fort Wayne retail survey

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is asking residents to complete an online survey about shopping and dining preferences in south Fort Wayne. Anyone who shops, dines or lives in urban south Fort Wayne (roughly south of Jefferson Boulevard), is encouraged to complete the survey. (see map.)

The survey is being conducted in conjunction with a Market and Retail Analysis examining current and projected commercial market conditions in south Fort Wayne. Gibbs Planning Group of Birmingham, MI, an experienced consulting firm specializing in urban retail planning, is completing the study for the Community Development Division.

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Riverfront Photo Contest Kicks Off Monday

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Artlink Contemporary Gallery are inviting area residents to take part in a Riverfront Fort Wayne photo contest. Participants are invited to share their favorite Fort Wayne river-related photos through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram beginning December 15, 2014; the last day for submissions is January 15, 2015.

Participants will have a chance to win a $90, $70 or $50 prize as well as have their photos become part of a traveling photography exhibit. The exhibit will be revealed at the Riverfront Fort Wayne final plan celebration, which will take place February 4, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Wayne Center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Downtown Residential Market Potential Study to be presented

The public is invited to hear a presentation about the potential for additional residential development opportunities in downtown Fort Wayne.

Results of the study will be presented during the HANDS (Housing and Neighborhood Development Services) Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m., Citizens Square, 200 East Berry Street, Garden Level Room 030.

Results of a study by Zimmerman/Volk Associates from Clinton, New Jersey will be presented during the meeting. The study examines downtown Fort Wayne, including the riverfront study area, and its potential for residential development. Zimmerman/Volk completed similar studies for Fort Wayne in 2006 and 2010.

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City of Fort Wayne awarded $2.8 million to Demolish and Redevelop Vacant Properties

Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne has been awarded an additional $2.8 million to help stabilize neighborhoods by demolishing and redeveloping abandoned homes. The new funding is in addition to $4.7 million that was received earlier this year.

The dollars come from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP), which provides an opportunity for local units of government in all 92 Indiana counties to compete for funding to help eliminate blighted homes and decrease foreclosures.

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Riverfront Survey: What are YOUR Priorities?

Riverfront Fort Wayne consultants are drawing up their final proposals and offering one last opportunity for public input. A Riverfront Improvement Priorities survey is now online and will take residents just minutes to complete.

The survey can be found at www.RiverfrontFW.org; the link is on the right side of the home page. The survey asks people to prioritize the riverfront elements that are most important to them based on the latest plans presented at public meetings on October 29 and 30. For example, residents are asked to choose among elements such as a promenade, entertainment areas, urban ecology center, outdoor adventure area, historic steam locomotive attraction, recreation activities and more.

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