August 6, 2014. – Mayor Tom Henry today announced his administration has developed a review process to enhance the City's Legacy initiative.
Under the Legacy review process, a seven-member committee will be responsible for reviewing requests for Legacy funding. The committee will be comprised of three members of Mayor Henry's administration, two members of City Council, and two citizen members (one selected by the Mayor and one selected by City Council).
In addition to the Mayor's office and City Council making requests for Legacy funding, the establishment of the review process will allow private and non-profit entities the opportunity to apply for Legacy funding.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the guiding principles set forth in the original Legacy ordinance and the subsequent recommendations made by the Legacy Task Force and Legacy Champion Teams. Committee members will also be given the flexibility to consider unique opportunities that may emerge. The committee will provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on which proposals meet the criteria to be considered for Legacy funding.
At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12, a resolution will be introduced requesting the implementation of the review process. The resolution will be discussed on Tuesday, Aug. 19, with possible final passage on Tuesday, Aug. 26."Legacy is an important part of the unprecedented momentum we're seeing in Fort Wayne. Being able to invest in projects that set us apart from other communities makes our City a leader in economic development, job growth, great neighborhoods, and an excellent quality of life," said Mayor Henry. "The guidelines we've updated continue our commitment to ensuring that the Legacy fund is a valued community asset."
Legacy funds come from two sources: the City Light Lease Settlement reached between the City of Fort Wayne and Indiana Michigan Power; and the Fort Wayne Community Trust, established by the City over 30 years ago using a portion of the annual Light Lease payments. The funds are designed to provide catalytic investment, leverage additional resources, and directly benefit residents of Fort Wayne.
Highlights of Legacy projects:*Downtown Riverfront Study – in process*Ewing Street/Fairfield Avenue conversion to two-way streets with a roundabout at Wells and Superior streets – construction is underway*McMillen Park Community Center – opened in June*Youth Sports Study – completed*Lighting of Wells Street Bridge – completed*Neighborhood infrastructure investments – in process*Indiana Tech Academic Center – completed*University of Saint Francis renovation of two existing downtown buildings for higher education offerings – in process*Parking garage for Ash Skyline Plaza/Skyline Terrace project – construction is underway
The current financial report for Legacy:*Funds available year-end 2013 - $51.7 million*Future revenues - $29.3 million*Appropriations - $25 million*Increase in market share - $48.4 million*Anticipated funds available year-end 2025 - $101.9 million
July 23, 2014. – Fort Wayne’s riverfront consultants met with the public this evening to present initial concepts that call for a balance of Nature, Recreation and Development along the downtown riverfront.
SWA Group was hired in November 2013 to complete a riverfront study, which will be the first comprehensive look at enhancing the city’s rivers and will provide a road map for world class investment. This is the second in a series of public meetings about the future of the downtown riverfront; the next public meetings will be in October with final study results expected in January 2015.
“It’s important to remember that the ideas presented this evening are just preliminary,” said Pam Holocher, deputy director of community development. “SWA will take what they heard from the public at meetings this evening and tomorrow and further refine their concepts in order to design a riverfront unique to Fort Wayne.”
“We’re impressed with the level of public engagement in Fort Wayne,” said Kinder Baumgardner, principal with SWA Group. “After studying hundreds of public comments and listening to local residents, one theme stands out—the community wants a balance of Nature, Recreation and Development along the downtown riverfront.”
In order to provide that balance, SWA Group suggested focusing on three primary areas along the downtown riverfront.
Citizens wanting to stay connected to the Riverfront Fort Wayne initiative should visit www.RiverfrontFW.org and sign up for the electronic newsletter. They can also visit the Envision Fort Wayne Center, 916 S. Calhoun St. on Tuesdays 2-6 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 15, 2014 – The public is invited to respond to concepts for Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfront at one of two public input meetings. Both meetings will take place downtown at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in the theater. The meetings are set for:
“Enhancing our downtown riverfront is critical to maintaining our city’s momentum,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “As we enter the next phase of the Riverfront Fort Wayne study, citizen input is more critical than ever. I invite everyone to get involved and let us know what you’d like to see happen along our rivers.”
In November 2013, the City contracted with SWA Group to complete the Riverfront Study, which is the first comprehensive look at enhancing the use of our city’s rivers; it is intended to provide the road map to world class investment.
During the public input meetings, SWA will present specific concepts and ask citizens to respond. After the meetings, individuals may visit the Envision Fort Wayne Center, 916 S. Calhoun St., and examine SWA’s concepts and provide feedback as well. The Envision Center is open Tuesdays 2-6 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Additionally, citizens will be able to go online to www.RiverfrontFW.org and comment on the draft concepts.
After reviewing citizen input, SWA Group will refine the concepts and present more refined ideas for feedback in October. A final plan is expected to be unveiled in January 2015.
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"Today (Oct. 28, 2010) is a good day for the people of Fort Wayne," said Mayor Tom Henry. "This settlement will strengthen Fort Wayne and better position us for economic growth. Not only does it provide an important income stream, it ensures that I&M continues to provide quality service to the area."