Fort Wayne wants to spiff up its image.
On the heels of last week's opening of the spectacularly rebuilt Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge to downtown, Mayor Tom Henry on Wednesday rolled out the city's new 10-year strategy to transform its entry points. Front Door Fort Wayne: A Plan to Enhance Our City's Gateways promotes ways to enhance the appearance and function of the entrances and major corridors into the city and downtown.
The city is seeking donations from businesses and others to improve the following gateways: Ardmore Avenue, Airport Expressway, Coliseum Boulevard, Coldwater Road and North Clinton Street, Lima Road and Dupont Road, Jefferson Boulevard, Maysville Road/Stellhorn Road/Crescent Avenue, U.S. 27 (Lafayette and South Clinton streets) and Washington Boulevard.
Henry is dedicating $420,000 to the initiative from the nearly $8.5 million in taxes withheld in error by the State of Indiana and recently returned to the city.
City Council will discuss the plan's goals and objectives June 19. If adopted, it would become part of Plan-it Allen! – the Allen County-Fort Wayne comprehensive land use and development plan.