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The draft recommendations are available now.

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The details of the recommendations were recently discussed during a Facebook Live event on August 26, 2020.  You can watch a recording of the event here.

The Southeast Strategy Update 2020 is an update to a 2007 plan, created when Councilman Glynn Hines represented the Sixth District, which focused primarily on residential strategies and resulted in new investment in the Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood. The plan update provides recommendations and action steps that focus on economic development, housing, transportation and infrastructure, community pride, public spaces and zoning.

The draft recommendations involve steps for increasing investment in the southeast quadrant over the next ten years. The recommendations are:

Focus investment in 4 key Southeast locations, which include the Southtown area, the McKinnie Street and South Anthony Boulevard area, the Pontiac Street corridor from South Calhoun Street to South Anthony Boulevard, and the Calhoun Street corridor from Grand Street to Pontiac Street.

Enhance the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem by providing access to low-interest loans and grants, real estate options for start-ups and education opportunities for small business owners.

Pursue rezoning for four southeast locations, including the Calhoun Street corridor from Grand Street to Pontiac Street, the Pontiac Street corridor from south Calhoun Street to South Anthony Boulevard, the area around Southgate Plaza and Decatur Road and the Southtown area. The rezoning efforts would involve eliminating non-compatible uses near residential areas.

Leverage existing resources and create new mechanisms to support small retail businesses. The plan recommends pursuing establishment of a CDFI, or community development finance institution, which could focus resources in the southeast quadrant.

Improve access to health and wellness services and fresh food options.

Promote Southeast Fort Wayne through a coordinated communication and marketing strategy.

Create more housing options, including more market rate as well as quality, affordable housing.

Background

Developed in 2006 and 2007, the Southeast Development Strategy was initiated as a 10-year vision for the future of the Southeast area of Fort Wayne to:

  • Identify opportunity areas for commercial and residential development, redevelopment, and investment;
  • Recommend incentives and initiatives to encourage investment within opportunity areas; and
  • Provide guidance through innovative land use policies.