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CITY WILL SELECT NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPER FOR DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT

September 25, 2014 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne will select a new developer for the residential component of the major development project in downtown Fort Wayne.

Hanning & Bean Enterprises has chosen to not continue its involvement in the project as outlined in the Development Agreement that the City and Hanning & Bean signed in May for the Skyline Terrace residential component.

The City has received and is now pursuing multiple inquiries from residential development firms about the potential for a new residential development at the site. Up to $6 million in Community Revitalization Enhancement District credits from the State of Indiana will remain in place and be a key tool in securing a new developer for the location.

The Ash Skyline Plaza, home of the national corporate headquarters for Ash Brokerage, the City-owned Skyline Garage and retail components are moving forward as planned.

“Like many Fort Wayne residents, I am excited to see the unprecedented growth and development taking place throughout downtown,” said Mayor Henry. “I am also encouraged to see Tim Ash’s ongoing commitment to investment and jobs in the heart of our city. With the momentum Fort Wayne is experiencing, our team is confident that qualified residential developers will want to be part of this key project to compliment the Ash headquarters, parking garage, and retail space.”

Tim Ash, chief executive officer of Ash Brokerage, joined Mayor Henry for today’s announcement and reemphasized his support and commitment to the downtown development.

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CITY TO OFFER RIVER WALK OPPORTUNITIES

September 23, 2014 - The public is invited to take a guided walk alongside the St. Marys River and learn about proposed riverfront development concepts. Local architects will take part in the walks and sketch people’s ideas for what they envision along the downtown riverfront.

Two walks are scheduled:

October 6 from 5:30-7 p.m.
October 7 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Both walks start at Fort Wayne Outfitters/Bike Depot, 1004 Cass St. RSVPs are requested but not required by calling 311 or emailing riverfrontfw@cityoffortwayne.org. Parking will be available to the north and south of Fort Wayne Outfitters/Bike Depot.

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MAYOR HENRY HIGHLIGHTS FISCAL LEADERSHIP AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE IN 2015 CITY BUDGET

September 18, 2014 - Mayor Tom Henry and City Controller Pat Roller today discussed the City’s proposed budget for 2015.

The balanced budget for 2015 will continue the Administration’s commitment to providing needed services to residents and businesses and positioning the City for future investments to be a leader in economic development, job growth, great neighborhoods, and an excellent quality of life.

The property tax supported budget, also known as the Civil City budget, totals $150 million. This budget does not include Fort Wayne City Utilities, which has its own budget funded by ratepayers. 

“We’re seeing unprecedented momentum in the City of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. “With strong leadership and a commitment to fiscal responsibility, our budget positions our community to be able to invest in the future as we continue to enhance public safety, streets and roads, and our parks. By working together, we’re making a meaningful difference.”

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