Phase one of Fort Wayne’s riverfront development is one step closer to being funded.
The Legacy Joint Funding Committee approved $6 million for the project Wednesday. That money will join $3 million from the Community Foundation, and another $3 million from the Capital Improvement board to be used over the next two years.
A key element of the first phase of development is property acquisition. But City officials say the first steps will be to care for the vegetation along the river banks, and to complete a comprehensive environmental study.
Four candidates are hoping to represent the Republican Party in the run for mayor of Fort Wayne in November.
The City of Fort Wayne hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Paul Helmke in 1999.
Among the hopefuls trying to change that are Bob Bastian, Bill Collins, and Frederick Osheskie.
But the candidate likely considered the front runner is long-time politician Mitch Harper. He was first elected to City Council’s 4th District in 2007, and served 12 years in the General Assembly before that.
The 16-year incumbent of Fort Wayne City Council’s sixth district is being challenged from the left and right in this year’s municipal elections.
Southeast Fort Wayne’s district six has long been represented by Democrat Glynn Hines. The area has seen the development of the McMillen Community Center, Renaissance Pointe, and other housing developments during Hines’ tenure.
For the first time in more than thirty years, the race for Fort Wayne City Clerk will not feature the Democrat who’s held the seat for decades.
Democrat Sandy Kennedy has served as Fort Wayne City Clerk since 1983. This year she’s opting not to run for re-election.
The clerk maintains official records, prepares agendas for and schedules City Council meetings, and works with the public handling traffic violations. The open seat has drawn one Democratic candidate. Current Chief Deputy Clerk Angela Davis will be unopposed on the May 5th ballot.
The City of Fort Wayne is investing more than $20 million in infrastructure throughout the city this year. The projects were announced Wednesday.
The projects are all about transportation. More than $20 million will go towards street, sidewalk and trail improvements throughout Fort Wayne. The City evaluates the conditions of each neighborhood each year and gives them a rating in order to determine which projects should be prioritized.
Fort Wayne has some grand plans for riverfront development. The City says the first step is to work on riparian buffers – specific areas of plants and soil along the river banks. This land, along with other rocky areas that separate the city from the water, create levees.
But not a lot is known about how to comprehensively improve the levees and environment along the rivers - yet.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his 2015 State of the City address Wednesday.
Henry praised the economic development Fort Wayne saw in 2014 – $166 million in private investment, and more than 1,000 new jobs. He also touted progress on downtown projects like the Ash Brokerage headquarters and the recently announced Cityscape Flats.
Last year also brought infrastructure improvements for neighborhoods and utilities systems, with another $20 million investment slated for this year.