FOR SIDEWALKS, ALLEYS & STREET LIGHTS

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The 50/50 Cost Share Program for Sidewalk Repair

The City of Fort Wayne cost sharing program for sidewalk repair is a great option for residents seeking to partner with the city in having improvements made in their neighborhood. Under this program, the City and the petitioning resident (or residents) will pay 50 percent of the cost of the repairs. Here's how it works:

STEP 1 -- Decide if you want to fix an individual sidewalk or an entire block.

STEP 2 -- Go to the City of Fort Wayne website to download and fill out a petition -- pdfindividual property petition and pdfentire block/multiple properties petition.

STEP 3 -- Submit the petition to the Board of Public Works Office for further processing. The office is located in Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., Suite 210.

After your petition has been submitted, the City's Division of Public Works will provide a cost estimate of the sidewalk repairs. If you wish to proceed, the project will be scheduled for repair and the City will pay for 50 percent of the cost of the repair work and you will pay 50 percent for the cost of the work. In general, sidewalk repairs may cost about $200 per sidewalk slab or square (usually 5' x 5'.) In this case, the homeowner would pay about $100 per slab.

Payments can be made in full one time or homeowners can take advantage of our low-interest loans (3%). Payments can be made over the course of 10 years on an annual or monthly bases. Below are examples of what payments might be, if financed through this program:

Cost Share Financing Chart

To share information about the 50/50 Sidewalk Repair Program with your friends and neighbors, have them go to www.cityoffortwayne.org/costshare or download a  2-sided flyer here.

Frequently Asked 50/50 Cost Share Questions & Answers

How much will my new sidewalk cost?

Sidewalk repairs cost an average of about $200 per sidewalk slab/square (usually 5’x5’). With the 50/50 Cost Share Program, the homeowners share is around $100 per slab of concrete replacement.

Who has to sign the petition?

If it’s anindividual petition, it must be signed by only the owner(s) of the property, as listed on the title. If it’s a block-long petition, 51 percent of the affected homeowners must sign the petition.

What happens if I sell my house?

The loan is a lien and will always stay with the house or property, unless it is paid off at closing.

Can I hire my own contractor to repair my sidewalk and get reimbursed by the city for the work?

No, the City will bid the project, hire the contractor and oversee construction of all Cost Share projects.

Will the City fix my driveway as part of the cost share?

No, the City will not replace an entire driveway. The City will cost share the driveway approach, if the walk behind the drive approach and the approach are both in poor condition.

How long will I have to wait for my repairs?

Projects are planned a year in advance; property owners are encouraged to call anytime to check on the status of their petition.

Can anyone participate in the cost sharing program?

You must live within the Fort Wayne city limits.

If signed up to make payments monthly for 10 years, can I change my payments to annually?

No, once a waiver is signed, notarized and returned, the payment schedule must stay the same for the remainder of the loan. If property owners want to pay off the loan early, they may do so, but will have to pay 20 percent of the interest.

Who do I call for more information?

For more information on the Cost Sharing Program, please contact the Board of Public Works at (260) 427-5805.

Additional Cost Sharing Improvement Programs

The City also has cost sharing programs for Alley Improvements and Street Lighting Improvements.

The 50/50 Cost Share Program for Alleys

STEP 1 -- If you are interested in having an alley repaired, please fill out an Alley Reconstruction Petition

STEP 2 -- Submit the petition to the Board of Public Works Office for further processing. The office is located in Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., Suite 210.

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Payments can be made in full one time or homeowners can take advantage of our low-interest loans (3%). Payments can be made over the course of 10 years on an annual or monthly basis. Below are examples of what payments might be, if financed through this program:

For more information on the Cost Sharing Program, call 311.

The 50/50 Cost Share Program for Additional Standard Residential Street Lights

STEP 1 --If you are interested in having street light installed, please fill out a Street Light Petition

STEP 2 -- Submit the petition to the Board of Public Works Office for further processing. The office is located in Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., Suite 210.

Payments can be made in full one time or homeowners can take advantage of our low-interest loans (3%). Payments can be made over the course of 10 years on an annual or monthly basis.

For more information on the Cost Sharing Program, call 311.

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Standard Residential Street Lighting