Despite the scope of the project and the organization's application for approval by public officials, Chief Executive Officer Nancy Louraine declined to offer specifics.
“We'll have a press conference in a couple of weeks,” she said.
In addition to the enlarged facility, the plan also would connect Clinton to Spy Run by extending Livingston Avenue through Turnstone's 19.3-acre site.
Founded as the Allen County Society for Crippled Children, the agency moved to Clinton Street in 1985 and became Turnstone in 1989.
The agency is known for its wheelchair-ramp construction services but us involved in a variety of other programs, including therapeutic sports and recreation activities. Its stated mission is to “provide therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs to empower people with disabilities.”
This would not be its first expansion on Clinton. In the mid 1990s a $3.75 million capital campaign resulted in a full-size gymnasium and additional therapy space. In 2000 a $2 million campaign produced a pool, adult therapy area and children's wing and in 2005 the Dr. Robert Kimbrough Early Learning Center opened. The $1.4 million Madge Rothschild Pediatric Therapy Wing followed in 2012.
According to its latest Internal Revenue Service filing, Turnstone receives about $3.34 million in annual contributions and grants and another $1.2 million from programs. Its annual expenses are about $4.03 million and its assets total $10.4 million.
The Fort Wayne Plan Commission could consider what Turnstone is calling its “Big Dream” project next month.