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Fort Wayne Police Department

Fort Wayne City Leaders updated the community on 2014’s public safety stats Thursday.

Mayor Tom Henry joined law enforcement officials to announce an overall reduction in crime of more than 14 percent last year. That includes a more than 60 percent drop in homicides. Robberies and burglaries were also down.

But the numbers weren’t down across the board – Fort Wayne saw an increase in rapes and arsons in 2014.

City of Fort Wayne

The mixed-use Ash Brokerage project in downtown Fort Wayne is getting a little more expensive.

A new $170,000 dollar wall has to be built in the city-funded parking garage. The city says that’s because a change in residential developers will alter construction plans.

The project’s previous housing partner planned on building an additional parking garage for residents, directly adjacent to the Ash garage.

Justin Brugger is Director of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission. He says the city is currently reviewing proposals from three new potential developers.

City of Fort Wayne

Another residential development is slated to begin construction in downtown Fort Wayne this year. The announcement was made Thursday. 

$20 million in private investment will be met with up to $7 million from the City of Fort Wayne to develop Cityscape Flats. The project includes apartments, row houses, and a parking garage across from Parkview Field downtown.

The City signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the plan with Indianapolis-based Domo Development, that’s scheduled to be formally approved next week.

Knight Foundation

Two ideas to improve life in Fort Wayne are among the finalists eligible for grants from the Knight Cities Challenge. The announcement was made Monday.

The Knight Foundation received more than 7,000 ideas to increase talent, opportunity, and engagement in cities across the country. Among the 126 finalists chosen was Kate Riordan, who works on bike and pedestrian projects for the City of Fort Wayne.

She’s only lived in Fort Wayne for about six months.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Tuesday officially announced his candidacy for a third term. 

 

Henry says Fort Wayne has never had a Democratic mayor serve three terms in a row – but he’d like to be the first. He’s seeking re-election for another four-year stint in office.

Henry touts accomplishments the City has seen since he took office seven years ago, including a reduction in overall crime, particularly homicide, an improving unemployment rate, and a significant investment in infrastructure.

GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections

Jul 28, 2014
Courtesy / Allen County GOP

Allen County’s Republican Party leader has a new proposal to protect workers he says will “smooth the edges” of Fort Wayne’s recent ban on collective bargaining for most city employees.

Chairman Steve Shine sent a letter to Republican members of the Fort Wayne City Council Friday urging them to create an appeals process for city workers that would ensure fairness in firing and disciplinary decisions.

Shine says he was initially approached on the matter by Jeremy Bush with the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighers union, who asked him to intercede with a proposal.

The Fort Wayne City Council meets again Tuesday to discuss and possibly vote on a series of proposals aimed at limiting collective bargaining for city employees.

Councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl introduced the measures earlier this month, citing the high cost of both the collective bargaining process and union employee benefits.

The debate has been heated, and before the council convenes, both sides were given a chance to share their views with WBOI News.

Henry Delivers 2014 State of the City Address

Feb 13, 2014
Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his annual State of the City address to a packed room of mostly municipal employees at the Grand Wayne Center Wednesday.

Henry used the forum to highlight some of his administration's victories in 2013 and announce new plans for this year.

His speech touched on everything from business growth to infrastructure improvements to the $71 million Ash Brokerage project coming to Downtown Fort Wayne.

Henry also acknowledged there's work to be done, especially in containing the violent crime Fort Wayne experienced in 2013.

The City of Fort Wayne and Allen County are letting the State of Emergency declared Monday to expire at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. But they're leaving a Winter Weather Travel Watch in its place.

The advisory means residents are being encouraged to stay off the roads, many of which are still hazardous, but essential travel will be allowed for things like getting to and from work.

City and county offices will be open on Tuesday, along with state government facilities, which open at 10:00 a.m.

Virginia Alvino

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his appointment Monday for the city’s new police chief. Garry Hamilton will be the first African-American to hold the position, replacing outgoing chief Rusty York, who was recently named the city’s new public safety director.

At a press conference, Mayor Henry said Hamilton’s priorities will be to improve communication with other law enforcement agencies and the community, and to instate a strategic plan to address homicides and violent crimes in the city.

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