TRAFFIC SIGNAL OUTAGES AS OF 2:30 P.M. MONDAY, NOV. 24
November 24, 2014 - Seventeen traffic signals throughout the City of Fort Wayne are not working as a result of power outages. Crews are working to place stop signs at the intersections. Motorists approaching a non-functioning signal that does not have a stop sign should treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
CITY AWARDED $2.8 MILLION TO DEMOLISH AND REDEVELOP VACANT PROPERTIES
November 21, 2014 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne has been awarded an additional $2.8 million to help stabilize neighborhoods by demolishing and redeveloping abandoned homes. The new funding is in addition to $4.7 million that was received earlier this year.
The dollars come from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP), which provides an opportunity for local units of government in all 92 Indiana counties to compete for funding to help eliminate blighted homes and decrease foreclosures.
The funding will allow the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services and Neighborhood Code Enforcement to demolish and redevelop more than three times the number of vacant homes that are normally taken down in a year. The City estimates over 300 vacant homes will be demolished and redeveloped with the funding. The properties will be selected because they are: 1) vacant 2) in extremely poor condition 3) can be easily acquired and 4) are on highly visible corridors (streets and roads).
The City anticipates that some demolition work from the initial $4.7 million award will begin before the end of the year.