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Verbatim: Parks board to vote on Cindy's Diner move

Statement as issued Wednesday by the city of Fort Wayne:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The City of Fort Wayne continues to move forward with its proposal for a new location for Cindy's Diner.

Last month, the Board of Park Commissioners heard plans to locate Cindy's Diner at West Berry Street and Maiden Lane in a portion of the parking lot of the Community Center, which is part of the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department.

The Board of Park Commissioners is expected to vote on the proposal at its meeting on Thursday. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. on the garden level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

The proposal would not result in any loss of parking spaces. The new location was evaluated to ensure that parking spaces for visitors to the Community Center would not be affected by the move. The City is working to add an additional parking space on the current Community Center parking lot and add two on-street parking spaces that would assist visitors and patrons to Cindy's Diner.

Pending approval and weather conditions, the move for Cindy's Diner would likely occur next month.

Last September, a $71 million development in downtown that includes a new national headquarters for Ash Brokerage and a residential development led by Hanning & Bean Enterprises was announced. Cindy's Diner is currently located in the project area.

The new development would be bordered by Wayne, Harrison, Berry, and Webster streets and utilize nearly a full square block. It's anticipated construction will begin in April and take nearly two years to complete.

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