LOOKING FORWARD TO A COMMITTED 2016 – Message From The Mayor

Happy New Year to all of you. I’m looking forward to a great 2016 and appreciate your interest and commitment in having the positive momentum in Fort Wayne continue as we work together to have continued successes in economic development, job creation, neighborhood improvement projects, public safety, and parks.

I recently announced the City of Fort Wayne will move forward with a proposal for the creation of a Quimby Village Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district.

Leaders from the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, south Fort Wayne neighborhoods, and area businesses joined me and elected officials at the Clyde Theatre in Quimby Village for the announcement.

Renovation of the Clyde Theatre is ongoing and was included in the Regional Cities proposal recently approved by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Future funding could be available to assist with transforming the Clyde Theatre into a 2,200 capacity multifunctional performing arts and special events center.

We want to be in position to help encourage economic growth. This effort, combined with the recent hiring of a specialized retail recruitment firm, will assist us in our ability to enhance retail opportunities and private investment in south Fort Wayne.

The proposed TIF district is roughly bounded by Bluffton Road to the south, Broadway to the east, Nuttman and Kinsmoor avenues to the north and Brooklyn Avenue to the west.

Creation of the district will allow any new tax revenue generated by improvements within the area to be used for public infrastructure projects, such as roads, streetlights, sidewalks, etc.

The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission approved the creation of the new TIF district at its December 2015 meeting. The proposal will now go before the Fort Wayne Plan Commission and City Council, and then it will once again be brought before the Redevelopment Commission. Final adoption could be complete by February 2016.

A recent analysis of commercial opportunities found demand for as many as 120 new retail shops and restaurants in south Fort Wayne. That analysis recommended infrastructure improvements in the Quimby Village area, as well as the hiring of a firm specializing in retail recruitment. The City recently contracted with Indigo Centers of Birmingham, Mich., to recruit businesses to south Fort Wayne.

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer