Fort Wayne’s future now has a storefront. City residents will be able to learn about and offer input on community projects in person. Mayor Tom Henry officially opened the Envision Fort Wayne Center on Monday.
The center, located at 916 South Calhoun Street, currently features displays and information about riverfront development and the Downtown Fort Wayne Plan. It’s designed to be an open house of sorts – a space open for the public to engage with city government, planners, architects and artists.
City staff is also in the process of designing more programming and opportunities for students to engage with city projects.
Mayor Tom Henry says having a brick and mortar location is unique and will help reach more people.
“I think the more avenues of communication we can open up, the better," Henry says. "There are still some citizens who don’t have computers, they don’t have smart phones, but they do come downtown for various reasons. They can stop in.”
The cost of rent and utilities at the center are funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation.
The center will be staffed and open on Tuesdays from 2-6pm, and Thursdays and Fridays 11am-3pm.