Balance of Nature, Recreation and Development Proposed for Riverfront

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fort Wayne's riverfront consultants met with the public this evening to present initial concepts that call for a balance of Nature, Recreation and Development along the downtown riverfront.

SWA Group was hired in November 2013 to complete a riverfront study, which will be the first comprehensive look at enhancing the city's rivers and will provide a road map for world class investment. This is the second in a series of public meetings about the future of the downtown riverfront; the next public meetings will be in October with final study results expected in January 2015.

"It's important to remember that the ideas presented this evening are just preliminary," said Pam Holocher, deputy director of community development. "SWA will take what they heard from the public at meetings this evening and tomorrow and further refine their concepts in order to design a riverfront unique to Fort Wayne."

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Canton Laundry Ready for Its Next Use

The Canton Laundry on Broadway is now ready for its next use! Thanks to EPA and City brownfield grants, the historic property is ready to be sold and used for retail or commercial on the bottom floors and residential above. ARCH is now marketing the former Canton Laundry for sale. Take a tour of the building in this new public access TV program.

Dates Set for Riverfront Public Meetings

The public is invited to respond to concepts for Fort Wayne's downtown riverfront at one of two public input meetings. Both meetings will take place downtown at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in the theater. The meetings are set for:

·Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a presentation at 5:45 p.m. and

·Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11 a.m.-1p.m. with a presentation at 11:15 a.m.

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The Courtyard Opens with Support From City

The Courtyard, located at 530 Home Ave., hosted a ribbon-cutting and open house on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The Courtyard is a $7.2 million, 47,000 square foot apartment complex that will accommodate 18- to 25-year-olds entering adulthood without significant support, who are aging out of foster care, or are at risk of becoming homeless.

"This is another example of the great things taking place in our community," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. "Thanks to the compassion and dedication of area neighborhoods, non-profits, foundations, and our financial and development community, a once-blighted property is now home to an innovative development for some of our most vulnerable young adults."

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Riverfront Survey Results Released

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today thanked residents for responding enthusiastically to the City's recent Riverfront Fort Wayne survey.

The survey results can be found at

"Nearly 2,600 people took our survey about what they'd like to see along the downtown riverfront," said Mayor Henry. "People are clearly excited about the momentum they see in our community and are looking forward to the continued growth and vibrancy that enhancing our riverfront will encourage."

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