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Homeowner has questions about city's 50/50 cost share program

The City of Fort Wayne is working to make Fort Wayne more walkable. One of the ways they're doing that is with the 50/50 cost share program.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019 7:42 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 8:28 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The City of Fort Wayne is working to make Fort Wayne more walkable. One of the ways they're doing that is with the 50/50 cost share program. 

Jim Catanzaro is one of the homeowners that was approved for the cost share program when he looked into getting his curb fixed. 

"We got a letter to participate in the 50/50 program where the city will pick up half the cost of redoing sidewalk, driveway, or curb," he said. 

Nick Jarrell with the public works division said the program has grown in popularity, and the goal is to put homeowners' minds at ease. 

"We are ensuring that the contractor we have is bonded and insured, and the property is actually bonded for up to two years. So, if there's every any problems, we have two years that we could go back on the contractor," Jarrell said. 

Catanzaro was given a quote in a letter from the city for the work that would need to be done if he goes with the 50/50 program. 

"Our cost is going to be about 1,071 dollars and that's a lot for just a little strip of curb."

That price is for 28 linear feet to be ripped up. The city matches it, and there are payment plan options with a three percent interest rate. 

"Curb replacement would include the cost for removal of the concrete, the replacement cost, the stone subbase underneath, and then again, any topsoil or seeding that occurs adjacent to the curb and the park strip," Jarrell said. 

Catanzaro can have the work done himself, but he has to get a permit through the city, a process that Jarrell said can be explained by calling their number. 

"427-6155 is our permit number that any contractor or homeowner can call to ask questions about permits."

Catanzaro said he'll likely get the permit and hire outside help, but he hopes telling his story can clear up any questions people might have about the 50/50 program. 

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