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MAYOR HENRY AND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT TRUST ANNOUNCE THE MODEL GROUP AS DEVELOPER FOR THE LANDING

February 3, 2016 - Mayor Tom Henry and the Fort Wayne Downtown Development Trust today announced The Model Group has been chosen to redevelop The Landing along West Columbia Street in downtown Fort Wayne.

The Landing will serve as a gathering place for housing, businesses, and entertainment. There is 110,000 square feet available for first floor retail and entertainment and upper floor residential units. The Landing’s redevelopment will represent the most significant mixed-use redevelopment of existing downtown property in decades. 

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MAYOR HENRY AND FWPD ANNOUNCE PLAN TO ADD 26 OFFICERS IN 2017

February 1, 2016 - Mayor Tom Henry and Police Chief Garry Hamilton today announced the Fort Wayne Police Department’s hiring initiative to add 26 new police officers in 2017.

The application process opened today and is available at www.fwpd.org. The application deadline is April 1.  

Written and fitness exams are anticipated to occur in the May-June 2016 timeframe. The scheduled starting date for the 62nd Recruit Class of the Fort Wayne Police Department is January 2017, with graduation scheduled for summer 2017. All new officers will experience six months of supervised assistance before being released to solo patrol. 

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MAYOR HENRY PRESENTS BELINDA LEWIS WITH "KEY TO THE FORT"

January 27, 2016 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today presented Belinda Lewis with a “Key to the Fort” award at a special ceremony at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control on Hillegas Road.

Family, friends, and community supporters attended today’s event.

Lewis is retiring from her position as director of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control effective at the end of this month.

The Key to the Fort goes to individuals who’ve made an extraordinary commitment to the community through a lifetime of stewardship and involvement.

The Key is a hand forged replica of the iron key that was at the Fort in the days of Anthony Wayne, circa 1790. The original key is at the History Center. The key, with its highly unusual tumbler structure, came to the History Center from an early 20th Century donation from the family of Mayor Franklin Randall, who was Fort Wayne’s mayor during the Civil War.

“Belinda is very deserving of this prestigious honor,” said Mayor Henry. “We appreciate and value Belinda’s years of service and dedication to improving the lives of animals and educating the community about the importance of caring for animals. She’s a true professional and we wish her a great retirement.”

Lewis is just the fourth Fort Wayne resident to receive a Key to the Fort from Mayor Henry. The other recipients were the late Charles Redd, a former City Council member and community activist, the late Jane Avery of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, and Bob Chase, legendary Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster and WOWO personality. 

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