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Passenger Rail Gains Support from Federal Railroad Administration

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Proponents of the proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail line have support from Federal and State agencies to take the first step in establishing the new rail line.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and members of the Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA) were joined by mayors and representatives from dozens of communities along the proposed route today at the Baker Street Train Station in Fort Wayne. They announced the recent engagement with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to conduct an Alternatives Analysis and Public Input process that are required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) under federal law to begin the project.

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Commercial Façade Grant Deadline Extended

Due to increased interest in the City’s Commercial Façade Grant program, the deadline for 2017 applications has been extended two weeks, until December 29, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Applications and information about the program are available at www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/facade. Anyone with questions about the program may contact Grants Specialist Lindsey Maksim at 311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  nce completed, applications may be submitted in the City’s Community Development offices, Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., suite 320.

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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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