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RIVERFRONT PROGRESS CONTINUES; MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO DESIGN PROMENADE

July 27, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne has issued a request for proposals to create schematic drawings, designs and construction documents for the Riverfront Fort Wayne promenade.

The request for proposals was posted on the City’s website http://bidding.cityoffortwayne.org/city.php, as well as emailed to consultants who may want to submit designs. The selected consultant team must have qualifications in landscape architecture, engineering, architecture and urban/graphic design. Proposals are due by 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. It’s anticipated a team will be selected by the end of October.

“This is an important next step in creating a riverfront destination that will spur economic growth,” said Mayor Henry. “I continue to be encouraged by the excitement and momentum we’re experiencing in our City. Our community worked together to create a vision of a downtown riverfront with something for everyone. Now, it’s time to take action on that vision and develop the specific designs needed to build the promenade.”

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CITY OF FORT WAYNE RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT TO ACQUIRE AND RAZE 18 FLOOD-PRONE PROPERTIES

July 16, 2105 - Governor Mike Pence today announced a federal award of $862,946 to Fort Wayne to purchase and demolish 18 flood-prone structures. 

“This effort in Fort Wayne is about protecting Hoosiers by removing these properties from harm’s way,” Governor Pence said. “In addition to eliminating the flood-damage property risk to the owners, it also keeps Hoosiers safer and prevents repetitive stress to Indiana’s economy. I appreciate the cooperation among the local, state and federal personnel who worked together to move this initiative forward.”

The grant came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and was announced through the FEMA Region V Office in Chicago.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said today’s development is part of a decade-long effort to protect residents and property from floods.

“This is positive news for residents in the City of Fort Wayne as we continue our efforts with state and federal partners to protect our communities,” Mayor Henry said. “In the last 10 years, we’ve moved forward with many proactive flood control improvement projects throughout Fort Wayne. These projects have included storm pipes, earthen berms, flood walls, the creation of more green space to handle flood water and the purchase of more than 100 homes that were prone to flooding. Our investments are making a meaningful difference to assist residents and enhance the quality of life for neighborhoods.” 

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STATEMENT FROM MAYOR TOM HENRY ON ENTERPRISE POINTE

July 14, 2015 - As we continue to experience unprecedented momentum in the City of Fort Wayne, it’s important for all of us to remain committed to working together to make a meaningful difference in our community.

Earlier tonight, Fort Wayne City Council voted against the Enterprise Pointe project planned for the West Rudisill Boulevard area.

I would like to thank Ambassador Campus Properties and Brightpoint for proposing an innovative project with potential for positive opportunities to enhance Fort Wayne.

Our residents and neighborhoods should also be commended for taking the time to study the issue, discuss the proposal in detail, and demonstrate strong passion for our City.

I would encourage Ambassador and residents in the neighborhoods in the area near Ambassador’s property to come together to pursue a productive dialogue on options for a compatible use for the property.

My Administration plans to have discussions with Brightpoint on possible options for locations in a downtown setting that might be a better fit for the housing and business model that was proposed.

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