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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.

Sean Bueter / WBOI News

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.

SWA/City of Fort Wayne

On Wednesday, a consulting group for the City of Fort Wayne unveiled the first part of its plan to develop the city’s riverfronts.

It’s the latest step in a long process that’s involved city funding, public meetings, and some long wish lists about what exactly we should do with our shorelines in Fort Wayne.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino has been following the development planning. She sat down with Sean Bueter go discuss the latest. 

 

SWA/ City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne’s riverfront consultant has completed what they call a “grand vision” for the city’s riverfront development. The designs were revealed to the public Wednesday at the Grand Wayne Center. 

SWA Group held public meetings and collected citizen input throughout 2014 to determine what people in Fort Wayne want from riverfront development.

SWA’s final recommendations include everything from adventure parks and zip lining courses, to housing and cultural attractions. These are just ideas that the City and potential developers could draw from.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne is one of four pilot communities chosen to try out a new tool that may help connect homeless individuals with the services they need.

The announcement was made Tuesday. 

The initiative will support “coordinated assessments,” which is the idea of examining all aspects of someone’s history and needs. The tool will also help identify the most vulnerable individuals and families and prioritize them for care.   

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