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Fort Wayne/Allen County

Citizens Square lot to be closed for weekend

The parking lot on the north side of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., is scheduled to close after 1 p.m. today.

About one-third of the parking lot’s surface is made of pervious concrete – a type of concrete intended to help water soak into the ground when it rains, reducing the amount of runoff and pollution entering the city’s rivers. In order to work effectively, the pervious pavement must be vacuumed periodically.

Cleaning the surface with a high-powered vacuum ensures that the spaces between the concrete aggregate remain open so that rainwater can percolate through the concrete into a gravel and sand layer below.

The parking lot will close after outdoor market events have concluded at 1 p.m. The parking lot will reopen before 6 a.m. Monday. People visiting downtown this afternoon or Sunday will be able to take advantage of free on-street parking or other free lots in the area.

City businessman named to state education board

John Popp, owner of Aunt Millie’s Bakeries, has been named to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Gov. Mike Pence’s office announced Friday that several people have been appointed, effective Monday.

Popp, a Fort Wayne real estate developer, formerly was president of the Allen County Park Board and served 16 years on the board of education of Southwest Allen County Schools.

Others named to the commission were Al Hubbard, Indianapolis, co-founder of E&A Industries; Mark Holden, West Lafayette, CEO of A&R Logistics; Jason Curtis, associate professor at Purdue University North Central; and Susana Duarte de Suarez, a Zionsville councilwoman.