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MAYOR HENRY AND FWPD HIGHLIGHT PUBLIC SAFETY SUCCESSES AND COMMITMENT TO OPEN COMMUNICATION

 

January 22, 2015 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne Police Department leaders today provided a progress report to the community that the City of Fort Wayne experienced an overall reduction in crime of more than 14 percent in 2014, highlighted by a 62.5 percent reduction in the number of homicides. Robberies and burglaries were also down more than 20 percent as compared to 2013 numbers.

Mayor Henry and law enforcement officials were joined by members of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Public Safety to recap public safety successes in 2014 and look ahead to initiatives in 2015.

Highlights of public safety efforts in 2014:
*Homicides declined by 62.5 percent. The 12 homicides represented the lowest total in over 20 years.
*Burglaries dropped by 26 percent
*Robberies were down by 22 percent
*Property crimes dropped by 14.6 percent
*Violent crimes declined by 14 percent
*Larceny declined by 11 percent
*Assault dropped by 6 percent
*Vehicle thefts were down by 5.7 percent
*Overall crime declined by 14.5 percent
*Formation of the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit
*More open communication with residents
*15 officers graduated from the Fort Wayne Police Department Recruit Class 

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MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES $27 MILLION DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

January 15, 2015 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne and Domo Development, LLC, based in Indianapolis, have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a $27 million residential development across from Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne.

The project, Cityscape Flats, will feature apartments, row houses, parking garage, and streetscape improvements. The 3.59 acre area is bordered by Ewing Street on the east, Fairfield Avenue on the west, West Jefferson Boulevard on the north, and Brackenridge Street on the south.

Project highlights:
*167 unit multi-family complex consisting of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments
*8 row houses
*177 space parking garage

The development will be $20 million in private investment, with the City’s investment being up to $7 million. The City’s participation will include the parking garage and streetscape work and will come from existing tax increment financing (TIF) funds and tax phase-in. No property taxes would be used to fund the City’s portion of the project.

“I continue to be encouraged by the unprecedented growth and development taking place in the heart of our City,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re committed to meeting the high demand for downtown housing options. The City of Fort Wayne is moving in the right direction as we invest in the future and enhance economic and quality of life opportunities.” 

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THE BIG REVEAL: SEE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM RIVERFRONT CONSULTANTS

January 14, 2015 - Area citizens are invited to celebrate the conclusion of the Riverfront Development Study and see the final recommendations from the riverfront consultants at a public meeting on February 4, 2015.

“Thousands of residents have attended public meetings, submitted ideas, taken part in special events and served on committees to help create a unique and engaging vision for our downtown riverfront,” said Pam Holocher, deputy director of Community Development. “It will be exciting to see all those efforts come together in a plan that will be a catalyst for the continued growth and success of our city and region.”

The event gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 5:45 p.m. After, attendees can enjoy live music and refreshments and a display of the winners from the Riverfront social media photo contest, organized by Artlink. The celebration takes place at the Grand Wayne Center in the Anthony Wayne Ballroom. 

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