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HNTB Hired to Conduct Analysis of Passenger Rail

Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA) has signed a contract with HNTB Corporation to conduct the required analysis of the proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail line.

As announced in a December news conference, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and NIPRA members announced Federal and State support to conduct the Alternatives Analysis and Public Involvement Process. The analysis is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) under federal law in order to begin the rail project.

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Redevelopment Commission Seeks Developer for Downtown Property

The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission is requesting proposals to develop an underutilized property in downtown Fort Wayne. The Redevelopment Commission owns property at the northwest corner of Main and Harrison streets, adjacent to Randall Lofts and The Landing, and just blocks from the first phase of Riverfront Fort Wayne.

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Another West Central Home Gets Facelift

The City’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services (OHNS) has completed another rehab of a previously neglected and vacant West Central home. The completely remodeled 815 W. Jefferson Blvd. property is one of six homes purchased by the City because they needed such extensive rehabilitation that they were not marketable. All of the homes either have been or will be remodeled and offered for purchase to moderate- to middle-income residents.

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Passenger Rail Gains Support from Federal Railroad Administration

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Proponents of the proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail line have support from Federal and State agencies to take the first step in establishing the new rail line.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and members of the Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA) were joined by mayors and representatives from dozens of communities along the proposed route today at the Baker Street Train Station in Fort Wayne. They announced the recent engagement with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to conduct an Alternatives Analysis and Public Input process that are required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) under federal law to begin the project.

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Commercial Façade Grant Deadline Extended

Due to increased interest in the City’s Commercial Façade Grant program, the deadline for 2017 applications has been extended two weeks, until December 29, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Applications and information about the program are available at www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/facade. Anyone with questions about the program may contact Grants Specialist Lindsey Maksim at 311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  nce completed, applications may be submitted in the City’s Community Development offices, Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., suite 320.

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