Bottle Works Development Completes First of 19 Homes

The $14.5 million Bottle Works Development in southeast Fort Wayne is on schedule to complete its 19 single-family homes and 31 apartments by the end of the year. Officials toured several of the lease-to-purchase homes that are already complete. 15 of the 19 homes are pre-leased. 

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Public Art Program Established 

Mayor Tom Henry and the Fort Wayne City Council recently approved a Public Art Program, which will promote and integrate public art throughout the community. The program will be overseen by a 13-member volunteer commission, which will review and select art to be displayed in public spaces. 

4 Fort Wayne Housing Projects awarded State Tax Credits 

Mayor Tom Henry recently congratulated the four teams of developers and social service agencies that were awarded Rental Housing Tax Credits (RHTCs) for their projects located in Fort Wayne.  The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) recently announced 17 applicants statewide that will receive just over $14.4 million in the tax credits. Four of the 17 projects selected for funding are located in Fort Wayne.

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Fort Wayne UNITED launches Meals 4 Healing 

Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne UNITED recently unveiled the Meals 4 Healing initiative that's designed to serve families who have lost loved ones to homicide. The initiative was developed through the Fort Wayne UNITED clergy subcommittee.

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RealAmerica Companies and City officials recently  toured the mixed-use Superior Lofts building, 102 W. Superior St., and said construction is on schedule for the loft apartments to be open and ready for occupancy this summer.  The former Graphic Packaging facility, located in the downtown Riverfront District, was built in 1905 and has been empty since 2010. It's being converted into 72 loft-style apartments, 21,000 square feet of commercial space and climate-controlled self-storage units. 

Community Development Director to Retire

Fort Wayne Community Development Director Greg Leatherman recently announced that he will retire from his position effective April 12, 2018. A retirement open house is scheduled for April 11, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room, 4th Floor of Citizens Square. RSVP to cd@cityoffortwayne.org to attend.

NIPRA Launches New Website

Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association, or NIPRA, has launched a new website at www.niprarail.org. NIPRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing customer-focused passenger rail service back to Fort Wayne and the communities that make up the northern part of the Hoosier State. Visit the new website to sign up for email updates, make a donation or just learn more about efforts to bring passenger rail to Northern Indiana.

4 Development Teams Express Interest in North River

Four Development teams recently submitted their qualifications for redeveloping the North River Property. Biggs Group, Continental Property Group, Great Lakes Capital and IU Health all expressed interest in the property. A selection team will now ask qualified teams to submit proposals. The process for putting the Request For Proposals together, sending it out and making a selection will likely take around five months. It's possible a team/project could be in place by the end of the year. Future issues of this newsletter will continue to have updates on the North River property.
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