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Commercial Façade Grant Helps Give Laycoff’s a New Look

City officials joined Laycoff’s Tavern owner Jim Sullivan today to celebrate the completion of his restaurant’s exterior remodeling, supported in part by a Commercial Façade Grant.

Laycoff’s, 3530 N. Clinton St., received a 2016 Commercial Façade Grant from the City’s Community Development Division and used the matching grant to give the restaurant a brand new look. The $20,000 grant, along with Sullivan’s investment of more than $20,000, updated the restaurant exterior with a new stone façade, a resurfaced and re-striped parking lot, new paint, a new sign and lighting.

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Waynedale Chamber Working to Improve Business Corridors

The Waynedale Business Chamber is working with the City’s Planning staff to develop a Bluffton and Lower Huntington Corridor Improvement Plan. The Chamber is interested in enhancing these business corridors in order to support its goals of business promotion and community improvements. Once the plan is finalized, it will recommend: 1) possible streetscape improvements to improve the area’s aesthetics, 2) possible improvements to make the corridors more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists and 3) possible zoning changes that would support a mix of business and residential uses.

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Complete Streets Resolution Adopted

In an effort to increase safety and healthy habits, cities across the country are looking for ways to encourage residents to do more walking and biking. That’s why on Wednesday, November 2, the Fort Wayne Board of Public Works adopted a policy that will have engineers and planners consider the needs and interests of pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and motorists when designing or improving streets.

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Responsible Use of TIF Funds in Fort Wayne

The following is a guest column by Nancy Townsend, Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission
Several recent academic studies of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) have put this economic revitalization tool into the headlines over the last few months. Scholars and public policy analysts have attempted to demonstrate the value, or lack thereof, of TIF in stimulating economic growth. And while this sort of state-wide analysis and dialogue is important and appropriate, I want to bring this discussion to the local level with some basic information about how TIF works here in Fort Wayne.

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