Millions will be invested in Fort Wayne improvements

Nearly $4 million dollars is coming to the city from the State of Indiana.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 4:13 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 9:00 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The City of Fort Wayne is getting back nearly $4 million in undistributed income taxes from the State.

What's that money going toward?

Mayor Henry says the money will go, "To enhance neighborhoods and provide additional opportunities for other local programs aimed at improving the quality of life in our community."

Mayor Henry plans for $1 million to go towards the new "Investing in Neighborhoods Now" program, which will divide the money evenly among the city's four quadrants.

Stephanie Henry (no relation to the Mayor) has lived in the northwest quadrant of the city for 10 years now and is co-chair of the Northwest Area Partnership. She says she'd like some of the money coming to her quadrant to be used for overall beautification.

Henry said she wants to see "Things like helping to do some art installations, things to go along with the new entrance to the zoo that's going to be going in...Partnering with organizations like neighborlink to help to do some home improvements and sidewalk refurbishment that perhaps those residents wouldn't be able to do on their own."

For Stephanie's or any ideas to come to light, each quadrant will form a committee, which will accept ideas and submit them to the City's Community Development Division.

To help improve small businesses, the Commercial Façade Grant will receive $250,000.

$500,000 will go towards battling the opioid epidemic.

$300,000 of that $500,000 will go to the Fort wayne Police Department to buy 4 new drug testing devices so they can get the results back quicker.

Captian Kevin Hunter of the FWPD works in the Vice and Narcotics Division. He says, "sometimes when we send things off for testing to other laboratories, it takes a month or more to get those results. So, knowing those immediate results and knowing exactly what we have is going to keep us ahead of any new drug trends that we see all the time."

The plans for the money still need approval from city council, which expects to hear a formal proposal in the coming weeks.

A full breakdown of how the money is expected to be used is below.

Investing in Neighborhoods Now program - $1,000,000

Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services’ Homeowner Repair Program - $1,000,000

Commercial Facade Grant program - $250,000

FWPD - $300,000

The Lutheran Foundation - $200,000

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana - $500,000

Fort Wayne’s cash reserves - $610,000

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