This article was originally published Jan. 19, 2007:
The Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District this week announced the winners of its new Hard Hat Awards to honor businesses and projects improving downtown.
"Since our primary mission is to increase the investment in downtown, we want to recognize when that happens," said Dan Carmody, president of the Downtown Improvement District, or DID.
Fort Wayne Newspapers won the City Council's Trophy for its new downtown printing press building. The $34.8 million project at Main and Van Buren streets broke ground last March. Fort Wayne Newspapers is the business agent for The Journal Gazette and The News-Sentinel. It is formed through a partnership between The Journal Gazette Co. and Ogden Newspapers, which owns The News-Sentinel.
ANYI Management won the Mayor's Trophy for its renovation of the formal Standard Federal Building, at 200 E. Main St., into the 1st Source Center. The $700,000 renovation was completed at the end of November.
Jerry Henry's renovation of the 123-year-old McCulloch-Weatherhogg house won him the DID Trophy for the most strategic project of the year.
Operating the Barr Street Market led the networking and volunteer organization Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana to win the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Seven businesses and projects received Golden Hammer awards for important building renovation or new construction, while four received Golden Broom awards for outstanding maintenance.
Carmody said he hoped to make the awards an annual event to show people that their investments in downtown are appreciated.