MAYOR HENRY UNVEILS SCHEMATIC DESIGNS FOR RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
June 29, 2016 - Mayor Tom Henry today joined community leaders and riverfront advocates to unveil the schematic designs for the first phase of riverfront development to enhance Fort Wayne and the region.
Development would occur in eight areas on the south and north sides of the St. Marys River between Harrison Street and the historic Wells Street Bridge. Highlights of the plans include a promenade, park pavilion, event lawn, entry plaza with sculpture/signage, urban bioswale, educational water feature, urban streetscape, central plaza, urban riverfront terraces, elevated boardwalk, dock, interactive sculpture, and children’s play area.
“Our time is now to make Fort Wayne’s riverfront a world-class development,” said Mayor Henry. “We must be committed to moving our City forward to continue the positive momentum we’re experiencing. Our rivers can bring all of us together to demonstrate to current and future residents and employers that our community is a place to invest in. We’re positioned for a great future as a jobs and quality of place leader.”
June 28, 2016 - Investing in neighborhood infrastructure projects continues to be a top priority of my administration. We’re committed to addressing the conditions of our streets and roads so we can sustain and enhance Fort Wayne in order to keep and attract residents, businesses, and jobs.
One of the essential elements in accomplishing our infrastructure goals is to recognize that additional revenue streams are needed to support our neighborhood investments.
Two potential areas for municipal consideration are annexation and additional taxation of existing residents. Because of the neutral financial impact it would have had on City residents, my office chose annexation as the preferred method of revenue generation to meet infrastructure needs and grow our community for the future. This attempt, though, was ultimately voted down by City Council.
Earlier today, I reluctantly signed the wheel tax ordinance that was pursued and passed by City Council. It was not an easy decision. However, we simply can’t stop investing in our infrastructure system and jeopardize Fort Wayne’s momentum. Various factors, including City Council’s decision to move away from annexation and a reduction in revenues from the motor vehicle highway fund/gasoline tax put us in a difficult situation.
TRANSPOINT INTERMODAL BREAKS GROUND ON NEW FACILITY IN SOUTHEAST FORT WAYNE
June 28, 2016 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Jim Schellinger and officials from Transpoint Intermodal LLC broke ground today on a new $13.5 million cargo transfer facility on Fort Wayne’s southeast side, where the company plans to create up to 64 new jobs by the end of 2019.
“The City of Fort Wayne continues to be a leader in job and business growth with a commitment to enhancing innovative economic development opportunities in our community,” said Mayor Henry. “Transpoint’s investment in southeast Fort Wayne is a tremendous win for our City and the region. It will result in good jobs for local residents, help attract more related businesses such as distribution centers and provide another consistent and cost-effective transportation option for key employers throughout our region.”
The new Transpoint facility will be the first of its kind in northeast Indiana and will be located on approximately 74 acres near the intersection of Adams Center and Paulding roads. It will be developed as an intermodal ramp used to load and unload international shipping containers from truck-to-rail or rail-to-truck. The anticipated 64 full-time, permanent jobs will have an average annual salary of approximately $50,000.