Find information about free Bike Racks, the North River property, a fair housing meeting and more in this November newsletter. 

Boutique Hotel Proposed for Downtown 

A $27.7 million one-of-a-kind hotel is proposed for the northwest corner of Harrison and Main streets, Mayor Tom Henry,  Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, representatives from Provenance Hotels, elected officials and community leaders recently announced. 

City Looks to Purchase North River Property

A purchase agreement is in place for the City of Fort Wayne to buy the North River property from Calhoun Investments, LLC. The property is comprised of 29 acres bounded by Clinton, Fourth and Harrison streets and serves as an important gateway into downtown. The site was previously used as a rail yard and scrap yard, dating back to 1902.

Learn More Here.
Public Meeting Set to Review Fair Housing Report

The City of Fort Wayne is looking for feedback regarding a draft report examining access to affordable and safe housing in the community. As part of the City's fair housing assessment (also called the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice), the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services is inviting residents to attend a public presentation about the draft report.

 Learn more here. 
Bike Racks for Qualifying Businesses 

An increase in cycling across the country and in Fort Wayne means more people need safe ways to park their bikes. That's why the City is offering free bike racks for qualifying local businesses. Since 2009, the City has installed more than 225 bike racks at local businesses and more racks are now available.   
Welcome Marker Gets Facelift

The Community Development Division recently completed work to improve a key "gateway" or well-traveled roadway into the City from the south. The Bicentennial Marker, installed in 1994 near the intersection of Airport Expressway and Bluffton Road, was recently refurbished with new lighting and tiles. Just weeks ago, 51 trees and 37 new shrubs were planted and the area was re-seeded and received fresh mulch.  

Learn more here.
Residents Work to Build a Better Block 

Northside neighborhood residents recently teamed up with AARP, the Team Better Block organization, the Purdue Extension Office and City of Fort Wayne staff to temporarily transform Columbia Avenue just east of downtown. Led by Northside resident Mo Palmer, the group worked to create a safer and more interesting environment for people traveling by foot, wheelchair or bike. 

Learn more here.
Facade Grant Applications Now Being Accepted 

Applications for the City's Commercial Façade Grant program are now being accepted for the 2018 construction year.  The Commercial Façade Grant program was introduced ten years ago by Mayor Tom Henry and provides local businesses the opportunity to apply for matching grants to improve the exteriors of their buildings.

Learn more here.
Fort Wayne UNITED Takes Part in Men of Excellence Event

Fort Wayne UNITED and Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast recently hosted a Men of Excellence event. The program is designed to provide opportunities for middle and high school boys to explore concepts of leadership and personal development. The theme of this year's conference was entrepreneurship and personal branding. Participants heard from local community leaders and business owners about their personal successes, failures and lessons along the way.

Learn more about Fort Wayne UNITED here.
Still Time to Take Survey 

You still have time to take an online survey about how City residents would like to engage with government and their neighborhoods. Follow the link below and answer just a few quick questions -- Community Development will use the information to enhance the ways in which the City works with residents and neighborhood associations.

Take the Survey Here.