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Nine Local Organizations Awarded Commercial Façade Grants

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced that nine local organizations will receive 2017 Commercial Façade Grants to improve their properties. This year's recipients are all located on well-traveled urban corridors that the City is working to revitalize.

The local organizations include Ziegler’s Window Coverings, Legacy Heating & Air Conditioning, 07 Pub, Shine and Hardin LLP, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Headwaters Counseling, Tom Steele Tires, Punch Films and Yellow Retirement Communities. Together, they will receive approximately $218,000 in City funding and have pledged to contribute just more than $938,000 in private investment to do everything from install new windows to paint and add new stone exteriors.

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Bike Share Annual Membership Fee Cut in Half

Mayor Tom Henry today announced that Fort Wayne Bike Share’s annual membership fees will now be just $30, half of last year’s rate. For a limited time, residents can get an additional $5 off by using the code Gobike365.

The City introduced Fort Wayne Bike Share in April 2016 and received an excellent response. More than 900 people became members, logging approximately 1,700 trips. In order to encourage more membership growth and participation, the City will implement the new rates immediately.

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City Contractor Begins Work to Take Down Bowser Buildings Today

At the request of the McMillen Foundation, a City of Fort Wayne contractor today will begin work to take down the obsolete Bowser buildings located at 1302 E. Creighton Ave. After the work is completed, the McMillen Foundation, which owns the buildings, will donate the property to the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne. The adjacent Renaissance Pointe YMCA will use it for recreational activities.

The history of the Bowser buildings and the Bowser Company will be memorialized with two historical markers placed in Bowser Park, located at the corner of Reed and Fisher streets. Residents are invited to provide input about the design and content of the markers at an upcoming public meeting.

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Housing & Neighborhood Services Annual Report Available for Review

The annual report detailing how the City of Fort Wayne invested U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dollars in 2016 is now available for public review.

Comments regarding the report, called the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), will be accepted at a public meeting on March 16 and in writing through March 24, 2017.

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Tax Credits to Help Build Homes in Renaissance Pointe

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) recently awarded $1.1 million in tax credits to a proposal submitted by Biggs TC Development, based in Decatur, Indiana. The award is part of $13.9 million in Rental Housing Tax Credit allocations announced by the IHCDA on February 23, 2017.

Biggs’ application outlined construction of 89 housing units serving low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Sixty-four of the units will be located in Decatur while 25 of the units will be located in the Renaissance Pointe neighborhood in Fort Wayne. The 25 units will be single-family lease-to-purchase homes similar to others Biggs has built in the neighborhood.

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