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DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL MARKET POTENTIAL STUDY TO BE PRESENTED

November 25, 2014 - 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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MCMILLEN PARK COMMUNITY CENTER OPENS LARGEST INDOOR PLAYGROUND IN THE REGION

November 25, 2014 - Mayor Tom Henry, Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll and City Councilman Glynn Hines joined area preschool children today to dedicate the McMillen Park Kid’s Korner Indoor Playground. The accessible playground is the largest indoor playground in the region.

Children of all ages and abilities are invited to experience the 2,500 square foot, accessible playground. The theme of the playground, “Imagination in Motion,” encourages social interaction, cooperative and imaginative play, along with cozy places and auditory stimulation. It also includes a NEOS 360, like the popular interactive game at Taylor’s Dream in Kreager Park. NEOS combines the speed and fun of electronic games with aerobic exercise, delivering a workout comparable to jogging or playing soccer, raising heart rates by an average of 20%.

“The McMillen Park Community Center continues to be a tremendous asset for Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re providing unique opportunities for children as we work together to make a meaningful difference and enhance the quality of life we enjoy.”

“This playground was one of the most requested projects, from youth and their parents, during the public input planning sessions we held to determine the best use of this property,” said Director Moll. “It has truly become a community-wide endeavor, with 96% of the playground funded with private donations. It will be a well-used, well-loved activity center for children of all abilities.”

Funding for Kid’s Korner was donated by: McMillen Foundation, Fort Wayne Park Foundation, AWS Foundation, Journal Gazette Foundation, Wilson Foundation, Rolland Foundation, Arnold Foundation, and the Downtown Optimist Club.

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CITY AWARDED $2.8 MILLION TO DEMOLISH AND REDEVELOP VACANT PROPERTIES

November 21, 2014 - 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.

The funding will allow the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services and Neighborhood Code Enforcement to demolish and redevelop more than three times the number of vacant homes that are normally taken down in a year. The City estimates over 300 vacant homes will be demolished and redeveloped with the funding. The properties will be selected because they are: 1) vacant 2) in extremely poor condition 3) can be easily acquired and 4) are on highly visible corridors (streets and roads).

The City anticipates that some demolition work from the initial $4.7 million award will begin before the end of the year.

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