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CONSULTANTS ENVISION RIVERFRONT EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER

October 29, 2014 - Fort Wayne’s riverfront plan is one step closer to being finalized and envisions a unique waterfront experience. The City’s riverfront consultant, SWA Group, unveiled the latest version of the proposal at a public meeting this evening. The draft plan calls for a focus on nature, recreation and development with construction of a riverfront promenade being the first phase of the plan.

The promenade would be located on both the north and south banks of the St. Marys River. It would incorporate two levels, one lower to the water and one higher that would connect to shopping, dining and residential areas along Superior Street. Rooftop terraces and pedestrian bridges would also be part of the promenade area, as would Headwaters Junction, a rail-themed attraction and home to the historic 765 steam locomotive.

“We’re envisioning a waterfront experience unique to Fort Wayne,” said Kinder Baumgardner, president of SWA Group. “The combination of elements in this draft plan will create something extraordinary, something you will only find in Fort Wayne.”

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CITY'S 311 CALL CENTER EARNS 92% APPROVAL RATING

October 29, 2014 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne’s 311 Call Center received a 92% approval rating in its most recent customer satisfaction survey.

Nearly 400 City residents participated in the survey.

“We’re fortunate to have a tremendous 311 system in the City of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. “We continue to receive positive feedback from residents who depend on us each day to provide services to move our community forward. The 311 Call Center is an important investment that continues to grow and succeed.”

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CITY RECEIVES IURC APPROVAL FOR AQUA PURCHASE

October 22, 2014 - This afternoon, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approved the City of Fort Wayne’s plans to purchase the Aqua Indiana southwest water system.

The approval now moves the transaction into closing proceedings.

“I continue to be encouraged by the progress we’re making in our efforts to meet the water needs of residents and businesses in southwest Fort Wayne. Today’s approval by the IURC is another step in the right direction,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We’re committed to providing reliable and high quality water at an affordable price for all residents as we work together to invest in our neighborhoods, enhance our quality of life, and be a leader in job growth.”

Closing is expected to take 30 days. Once completed, City Utilities staff members will begin the conversion process. In order to accommodate pipe connections, residents will be connected in phases that will take place over the next 10-12 months. The first neighborhoods will be connected within a few days of the completed sale late next month.

On the day the sale is complete, all of the 12,000 water customers in southwest Allen County will receive lower bills for water usage even though the phase-in process will not be complete. Residents will receive a letter in the mail detailing the timeline for connection and can access additional information at www.cityoffortwayne.org/aquatransition.

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