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Verbatim: West Central ‘Best Old House Neighborhood’ in Indiana

Statement issued Tuesday by the West Central Neighborhood:

Fort Wayne, IN – This Old House magazine recently named the West Central Neighborhood as the “Best Old House Neighborhood for 2010” in Indiana. This Old House along with PreservationDirectory.com ranked houses by identifying affordable homes in historic neighborhoods and districts across the United States.

According to the magazine’s website, West Central was ranked among the best in the following categories: Bargains, Cottages and Bungalows, Fixer-Uppers, Gardening, Midwest, Victorians, and Walkability.

“People of West Central have known for decades that this is a truly great old house neighborhood in Fort Wayne,” said John Simerman, president of the West Central Neighborhood Association (WCNA), “and we are so honored to now have the national recognition to prove it.”

Chris Ruckman, neighborhood treasurer and point person with This Old House magazine also added, “Being chosen by This Old House as the Best Old House Neighborhood in Indiana is a wonderful honor for West Central. It recognizes that West Central is not only a great place to live, but also that its historic homes--from fixer uppers to fully restored treasures--are surprisingly affordable.”

In addition to this latest designation, the West Central Neighborhood has been on both the National Registry of Historic Homes and the Local Historic Register since 1984. And for 27 years, the WCNA has showcased the homes in the neighborhood through an annual Home & Garden Tour and ArtsFest every September. This past year, the ArtsFest event was awarded “Best Event of 2009”by the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District.

For more information about the contest, visit This Old House website at http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20343298_20739112,00.html

About the West Central Neighborhood

The West Central neighborhood developed as a residential area during Fort Wayne’s canal era in the 1830s. The West Central Neighborhood Association (WCNA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that began in 1969 to solve problems and to promote improvements and social welfare in West Central. Its current mission is to enhance the environment of the neighborhood by improving the quality of urban life for its residents, business owners, and visitors. It is committed to the preservation of diverse neighborhood assets as well as economic and partnership development.

The West Central Neighborhood Association (WCNA) is bounded by South Calhoun Street on the east, the St. Mary’s River on the north and the west, Taylor Street east to the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and east to South Calhoun Street.

For more information about the West Central Neighborhood, visit www.westcentralneighborhood.org.

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