Downtown Fort Wayne

News
3:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fort Wayne Wants More Recreation on the Rivers

Credit City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne asked and its residents answered – nearly 2,600 people responded to a survey about what they’d like to see in the future of downtown riverfront development.  

Recreational uses, both on and next to the river, had the most positive responses from the survey – followed by natural habitats and simply interesting places to sit. Mixed use development was close behind. 

People weren’t as interested in housing and winter activities on the river, however. 

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News
3:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Construction Set to Start on Ash Development

Mayor Tom Henry, Tim Ash, Bill Bean and others officially break ground on new downtown development.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

City and business leaders officially broke ground Thursday on downtown Fort Wayne’s largest new development. 

The project is broken up into two components: the “Ash Skyline Plaza” and the “Skyline Terrace.”

A groundbreaking ceremony commemorated the start of construction on the 98 million dollar mixed-use development. The project is funded by the public-private partnership of Ash Brokerage Corporation, Hanning and Bean Enterprises and the City of Fort Wayne.

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News
3:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fort Wayne Awarded $33 Million for Future Development

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne has been awarded $33 million in federal funding for future development projects. Mayor Tom Henry made the announcement Wednesday. 

The City of Fort Wayne is the only entity in Indiana to receive funds from the New Markets Tax Credit Program this year. It grants tax credits to investors for development projects in low-income communities.

In 2008 Fort Wayne received approximately $15 million from the program, which went towards completing the Harrison project downtown.

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News
4:49 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Ash Project Gets More Space, Higher Costs

An artist rendering of the Ash Brokerage project planned for downtown Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy

The Ash Brokerage project set for Downtown Fort Wayne is getting bigger. And it's getting more expensive.

The news came Thursday as Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and the project developers announced the signing of the development agreements for the building. The site is expected to take up nearly a full city block bordered by Wayne, Harrison, Berry and Webster streets.

The building includes office space for Ash Brokerage, condominiums, first floor retail space and an underground city parking garage. 

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News
6:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Envision Fort Wayne Center Open For Citizen Input

Citizens can learn more about riverfront development at the Envision Fort Wayne Center downtown.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

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.

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News
5:54 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Mayor Henry Proposes $3 Million Investment in USF Downtown Campus

The former Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Fort Wayne
Credit University of Saint Francis

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced a proposal today to help renovate the University of Saint Francis’ downtown campus. The proposal would be paid for with the City’s Legacy Funds. 

Henry says Fort Wayne is a center of education, and the city should capitalize on that benefit. He says "a lot of people don't realize that we have truly a college town. We have over 30,000 college students in this city."

USF plans to further renovate the Scottish Rite Facility on Berry Street, which is now their Performing Arts Center.  

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Extended Interview: Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

2013 is already in the history books, but before we leave it behind, we wanted to survey the year gone by with the man at the center of some of Fort Wayne’s biggest stories.

WBOI’s Sean Bueter recently talked to Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry about some of the city’s victories and challenges in 2013, and asked him to look ahead to the new year.

This is the extended interview with Mayor Henry, including portions of the conversation not included on-air.

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News
4:53 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Henry Announces $71 Million Downtown Development

Mayor Tom Henry and partners reveal investment plans.
Credit Virginia Alvino

Downtown Fort Wayne is poised to develop another large scale private-public partnership.  Mayor Tom Henry announced plans Monday for new corporate space, housing, and retail. 

The Ash Brokerage is set to move its national headquarters to the space at the corner of Harrison and Berry, bringing with it 200 existing employees, and hopes of adding up to 115 more in the coming years. Ash will invest nearly $20 million in the project. 

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News
12:01 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Downtown Fire Ravages Multiple Buildings

Firefighters battle a massive fire near 1200 Herbert St. Monday on downtown Fort Wayne's east side.
Sean Bueter Northeast Indiana Public Radio

Towers of black and gray smoke billowed over the eastern edge of downtown Fort Wayne Monday as a massive warehouse fire kept first responders busy into the night.

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Arts & Culture
5:47 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Better Picture, More Films: Cinema Center Goes Digital

Cinema Center in downtown Fort Wayne is known for showing movies you might not see elsewhere – everything from old classics, to indie films, and documentaries, to name a few. 

On Friday, Cinema Center patrons will see those movies in a new way: the theater has made the transition to digital projection.

That means no film, no reels, and no moving parts in the projection booth.

The change might seem small, but it means better picture quality and a wider selection of films for movie-goers.

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