Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's statement on office space for city and county governments, as provided by the city:
The dream of a joint solution to City of Fort Wayne and Allen County space needs through co-location just died today. I believed a joint solution was achievable and did everything in my power to realize that dream. The County Commissioners indicated the same. Allen County Council seemed to say that they thought the idea had merit, but in the end, they did not support it with the resources to make it happen. It was their decision and I respect that. Today the exploration of a City-County co-location approach ends. But when one door closes, another opens, and for the City of Fort Wayne that door leads to 200 East Berry Street.
We will begin immediately to make plans for the new City Hall we announced in June of this year. The heart of that decision was about getting the most out of every taxpayer dollar and ensuring the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective services to every citizen. This is a decision that will help us do both, now and long into the future. Consolidating operations will save money and increase efficiencies.