RIVERFRONT CONSULTANTS PROPOSE A BALANCE OF NATURE, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT
July 23, 2014 - Fort Wayne’s riverfront consultants met with the public this evening to present initial concepts that call for a balance of Nature, Recreation and Development along the downtown riverfront.
SWA Group was hired in November 2013 to complete a riverfront study, which will be the first comprehensive look at enhancing the city’s rivers and will provide a road map for world class investment. This is the second in a series of public meetings about the future of the downtown riverfront; the next public meetings will be in October with final study results expected in January 2015.
“It’s important to remember that the ideas presented this evening are just preliminary,” said Pam Holocher, deputy director of community development. “SWA will take what they heard from the public at meetings this evening and tomorrow and further refine their concepts in order to design a riverfront unique to Fort Wayne.”
“We’re impressed with the level of public engagement in Fort Wayne,” said Kinder Baumgardner, principal with SWA Group. “After studying hundreds of public comments and listening to local residents, one theme stands out—the community wants a balance of Nature, Recreation and Development along the downtown riverfront.”
July 22, 2014 - Tonight’s vote by six City Council members to override my veto of an ordinance affecting public safety employees is disappointing.
Council’s actions on July 8 to amend and pass an ordinance with no advanced notice and no chance for input by the public or the Fort Wayne Police Department were unnecessary and unprofessional.
The public and our award-winning City employees deserve the opportunity to have an open discussion to see why Council continues to pass legislation that appears to advance their ideological and philosophical desires rather than meeting the needs of residents and businesses.