Waynedale Political Commentaries


Efforts to enhance alleys in the City of Fort Wayne are underway with the first neighborhood alley improvement project as part of City Council’s recent passage of an increase to the local income tax.

Killea and West Leith streets from South Calhoun Street to Hoagland Avenue is the first of many projects to occur in Fort Wayne neighborhoods.

Neighborhood alley projects planned for 2018:
*Spatz Ave. and Gaywood Dr. from E. Pettit to McKinnie avenues
*Weisser Park Ave. and South Park Dr. from E. Pettit to Congress avenues
*Warsaw and S. Monroe streets from E. Maplegrove Ave. to E. Sherwood Terrace
*Central and Plaza drives from McKee to Pontiac streets
*Buell Dr. and Hoagland Ave. from W. Belmont St. to W. Fairfax Ave.
*Broadway and Beaver Ave. from W. Oakdale Dr. to Kinsmoor Ave.
*W. Packard and Kinnaird avenues from Beaver to S. Wayne avenues
*Kinnaird and W. Wildwood avenues from Beaver to S. Wayne avenues
*Home Ave. and Beechwood Dr. from S. Wayne Ave. to dead end
*Fairfield and Hoagland avenues from Kinnaird to W. Wildwood avenues
*Hoagland Ave. and Shawnee Dr. from W. Wildwood Ave. to Leith St.
*Webster and S. Harrison streets from E. Wildwood Ave. to Killea St.
*Taylor St. and Michigan Ave. from Thompson Ave. to Nelson St.
*Lewis and Hugh streets from Francis to Ohio streets
*Hugh and Eliza streets from Francis to Ohio streets
*Lewis and Hugh streets from Winter to Lillie streets
*Winter and Lillie streets from Lewis to Hayden streets
*Lillie St. and S. Anthony Blvd. from Alliger to Hayden streets
*W. Fourth and Third streets from Schilling to Franklin avenues
*Oakland and Andrew streets from Spring to Fourth streets
*Archer Ave. and Putnam St. from Oakland St. to Sherman Blvd.
*Oakland St. and Sherman Blvd. from Greenlawn to Archer avenues
*Ethel and St. Mary’s avenues from Goshen Ave. to State Blvd.
*Kentucky and Crescent avenues from State Blvd. to Nevada Ave.

In addition, efforts to enhance sidewalks are also underway with the first neighborhood sidewalk improvement project. Bluffton Road from south of Reservation Drive to Dunkelberg Road is the first of many projects to occur in Fort Wayne neighborhoods.

Arterial sidewalk projects planned for 2018:
*Hessen Cassel Road from Oxford Street to Paulding Road
*Decatur Road from Gable Road to Hanna Street
*Winchester Road from Ardis Lane to Lower Huntington Road
*Stellhorn Road from Sirlin Drive to Maplecrest Road
*Reed Road from Stellhorn to St. Joe Center roads
*North Clinton Street from Colony Drive to Auburn Road
*St. Joe Center Road from Maplecrest Road to Arlington Elementary School
*St. Joe Center Road from Medical Protective Drive to Maplecrest Road
City Councilmen Dr. John Crawford, Tom Didier, Tom Freistroffer, Glynn Hines, Geoff Paddock and Michael Barranda voted in favor of the income tax plan to provide additional revenues for needed neighborhood infrastructure enhancements and future phases of riverfront development.

The .13 percent adjustment in the local income tax will generate $8.7 million per year to add new sidewalks to address areas of Fort Wayne Community Schools that lack sidewalks for children, improve alleys and move forward with phases II and III of riverfront development.

Neighborhoods are the backbone of Fort Wayne. It’s critical to invest in our neighborhoods and build on the excellent quality of life amenities in our community. Thriving neighborhoods make Fort Wayne more attractive for economic development opportunities and job growth as we work to be a point of destination.

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