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City administration announces plan to continue the growth and positive momentum in Fort Wayne

Mayor Tom Henry’s administration today announced an annexation plan that would add nearly 23 square miles and approximately 22,000 people in an effort to continue the growth and positive momentum being experienced in Fort Wayne.

The North IV annexation boundaries are Gump and Hursh roads to the north, City of Fort Wayne limits to the south, Schwartz Road to the east, and Dunton Road to the west. Portions of St. Joseph, Perry, Cedar Creek, and Milan townships are part of the annexation area.

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Public Meeting Set to Review Housing Report

The annual report detailing how the City of Fort Wayne invested U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dollars in 2015 is now available for public review.

Comments regarding the report, called the Consolidated Annual Action Performance Evaluation Review (CAPER), will be accepted at a public meeting on March 16 and in writing through March 24, 2016.

The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library, downtown branch, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46802. The meeting will be held in Meeting Room C located on the first floor.

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City Looks to Purchase 88 Vacant and Blighted Homes

As the next step in the City’s Blight Elimination Program, the Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS) Board is inviting owners of blighted and vacant homes to consider selling their properties so they can be demolished.

“We are in the home stretch of the Blight Elimination Program and are looking to purchase up to 88 properties that have a blighting influence on the homes that surround them,” said Heather Presley-Cowen, director of the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services and managing director of HANDS. “This is the next step in the process; through collaboration with the Allen County Community Development Corporation, we have been able to purchase many homes that have come through the tax-sale process and meet the criteria. Now we are reaching out directly to property owners to say if you have a property that has long been vacant and has a hole in the roof, failing foundation or believe it may fit the program for other reasons, now is the time to come forward.”

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Northeast Indiana Foreign-Trade Zone Expands Again

Another Indiana county is now part of the area’s Foreign-Trade Zone, which will allow more area businesses to take advantage of reduced U.S. Customs expenses on imported or exported materials.

The U.S. Department of Commerce approved the City of Fort Wayne’s application to include Randolph County in Foreign-Trade Zone 182’s service area that currently includes Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, LaGrange, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. Until now, Randolph County was the only county in Indiana that was not part of any Foreign-Trade Zone’s service area.

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Renaissance Pointe Housing Development Moves Forward

The Lieutenant Governor’s Office today announced the recipients of 2016 Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is pleased to announce that the Coca-Cola Building project is a recipient of one of the allocations.

The HANDS Board and Mayor Henry gave their enthusiastic approval to the project proposal that was submitted to the State by Miller Valentine (developer), Vincent Village (the local non-profit partnering in the development) and Martin Riley Architects and Engineers. The City of Fort Wayne owns the historic Coca-Cola Building, located in Renaissance Pointe, 1631 E. Pontiac St., and scattered sites within the nearby neighborhood.

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