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Liberty Mills Trail Extension Gets Underway

Residents and trail enthusiasts joined Fort Wayne Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer, members of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, and the City of Fort Wayne’s Greenways and Trails staff on August 9, 2016 to break ground for the Liberty Mills Road trail extension.

The half-mile long phase of the trail directly connects more than 300 residents along Liberty Mills Road and more than 2,000 residents who live within a half-mile walking distance of the trail.

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Commercial Façade Grant Program Enters 9th Year

Applications for the City’s 2017 Commercial Façade Grant program are now available online. Anyone interested in the program is encouraged to review the material and contact the Grants Specialist to see if their project meets the criteria.

Applications are available at www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/facade. Grants Specialist Lindsey Maksim is available by calling 311 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Maksim will speak or meet with potential applicants in order to explain the program and determine if a project is eligible before paperwork is filed. Applications will be accepted November 11 through December 12, 2016.

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Redevelopment Commission proposes rescinding three TIF districts and creating one

The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission is proposing that City Council rescind three TIF districts (officially known as Economic Development Areas) and create one Riverfront-Columbia TIF district. The proposals will be introduced to City Council this evening.

The three areas to be rescinded include the Washington Center Coldwater Road district, the Moeller Meyer Road district and the Baker Street district. TIF, or tax increment financing, districts are set up to assist in the development of a designated area. They allow any new property tax revenue generated by increases in assessed value within that area to be used for public infrastructure projects.

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Transpoint Intermodal Breaks Ground on New Facility in Southeast Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Jim Schellinger and officials from Transpoint Intermodal LLC broke ground today on a new $13.5 million cargo transfer facility on Fort Wayne’s southeast side, where the company plans to create up to 64 new jobs by the end of 2019.

“The City of Fort Wayne continues to be a leader in job and business growth with a commitment to enhancing innovative economic development opportunities in our community,” said Mayor Henry. “Transpoint’s investment in southeast Fort Wayne is a tremendous win for our City and the region. It will result in good jobs for local residents, help attract more related businesses such as distribution centers and provide another consistent and cost-effective transportation option for key employers throughout our region.”

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