Downtown Fort Wayne

News
4:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Ash Skyline Construction Will Continue Through Winter

Rendering of the Ash Skyline project.
Credit City of Fort Wayne

Construction on the new Ash Skyline project in downtown Fort Wayne is on  schedule and will continue throughout the winter. 

Right now it’s a giant hole in the ground – and they’re not done digging yet. 

The future site of a mixed-use development downtown takes up nearly an entire  city block, with work on the city-funded underground parking garage is still  underway.  

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Fright Night
4:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers Bring New Paranormal Activity to Fright Night 2014

The Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are hosting two events this Saturday, in celebration of Fort Wayne's Fright Night.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers

You'd better beware! Fright Night is lurking on Fort Wayne’s horizon, and this year, the Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are conjuring up a spooktacular pair of events to add to the annual fun.

Tina Lano, Jackie Hicks and Cheryl Ferguson – the organization's founding “ParaSisters” – will start at the Grand Wayne Center with their monthly Paranormal Pow Wow.

Then, at sundown, they’ll conduct tours of the “Haunted Wells Street Corridor” just north of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

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Downtown Fort Wayne
3:31 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Hanning & Bean Pulls Out of Ash Brokerage Project

An artist's rendering of the Ash Brokerage project in Downtown Fort Wayne. City officials announced developer Hanning & Bean pulled out of the project Thursday.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has announced that a key partner in the nearly $100 million Ash Brokerage development downtown has pulled out of the project, leaving the building’s residential component without a developer.

The news came Thursday that Hanning & Bean Enterprises removed itself from the Ash project. The developer was in charge of the Skyline Terrace, a 17-story residential component comprising apartments, townhomes and condos.

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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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