Southeast Fort Wayne residents present ideas for what they'd like to see more of

The City of Fort Wayne Planning Department and Southeast Area Partnership say they need your help with ideas.

Posted: Oct 20, 2019 7:12 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2019 10:32 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The City and leaders from the Southeast Area Partnership are working to update the community's southeast side with some features residents could benefit from.

Nathan Thomas hopes dine in restaurants are part of the plan.

"I don't think it's fair to the people that live on the Southside that we have to travel out west or north just to have good dining. I also think we need an increase in good grocery stores as well," he explained.

Some residents say even though there are restaurants. you can't sit and eat.
Typically it's a 20 minute drive for him and others who live on this side of town to get to the other places.

Antonio Banhena said he makes the most of his situation.

"We're kind of close to New Haven so there's a Kroger over there. Walmart in the south. There's plenty of Dollar Generals so I don't think we need to travel that far," Banhena explained.

The Southeast Area Partnership wants to bring in more resources like restaurants and additional retail options to enhance the overall quality of life.

They're ready to hear from residents during several events scheduled for this week.

The first event which is called “The Kick-Off” takes place Monday.

During The Southeast Strategy Kick-Off, residents will be asked to share their ideas for housing, retail, commercial, light industrial and infrastructure needs in Southeast Fort Wayne.

The Southeast Strategy Kick-Off will take place Monday, October 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 7500 S. Anthony Blvd. in the former Kmart Plaza.

The Southeast Strategy Wrap-Up will be Thursday, October 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 7500 S. Anthony Blvd. in the former Kmart Plaza.

The Wrap- Up will feature some of the findings and conclusions reached by YARD & Company which is an urban design and economic development consulting firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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