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.
November 19, 2014 - Riverfront Fort Wayne consultants are drawing up their final proposals and offering one last opportunity for public input. A Riverfront Improvement Priorities survey is now online and will take residents just minutes to complete.
The survey can be found at www.RiverfrontFW.org; the link is on the right side of the home page. The survey asks people to prioritize the riverfront elements that are most important to them based on the latest plans presented at public meetings on October 29 and 30. For example, residents are asked to choose among elements such as a promenade, entertainment areas, urban ecology center, outdoor adventure area, historic steam locomotive attraction, recreation activities and more.
“We are now starting to consider costs and feasibility,” said Pam Holocher, deputy director for planning and policy. “We won’t be able to implement everything that’s being proposed in the short term, so we need to hear from citizens about their priorities for the overall plan, as well as the potential phase I area.”
The survey will be available online through December 12, 2014. The final proposals from the consultants are expected to be unveiled in February 2015.