City leaders today unveiled new signage in the Renaissance Pointe, A Front Porch Community, development area as progress continues to be made on the City'€™s urban revitalization initiative.

The signs feature renderings of what segments of the new neighborhood will look like.

Residents are encouraged to visit to learn more about the development. The website also features floor plans from Lancia Homes, Delagrange Homes and Ideal Builders, who have agreed to build homes at Renaissance Pointe.

Demolition of several city-owned properties will begin in the next few weeks. Model units will be constructed in spring 2007.

Progress report:
June: Mayor Graham Richard announced Renaissance Pointe, a development that includes plans for 400 new homes, the rehabilitation of more than 100 existing homes, a greenway trail, and improved infrastructure. Renaissance Pointe is bounded by Creighton Avenue, Pontiac Street, Hanna Street, and South Anthony Boulevard.

July/August: City Council, Fort Wayne Plan Commission and Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission approved expanded boundaries of an Urban Renewal Area to include Renaissance Pointe.

September: Several streets in the Renaissance Pointe area were converted from one-way streets to two-way streets. Two-way streets serve to slow traffic and are more suitable for pedestrian safety. A key component of the urbanist-style development is to promote walkability so that residents can take advantage of the many amenities the neighborhood has to offer.