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  • FILE: Crews set up barricades at the Bowser Pump building in preparation for demolition.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:10 pm

Activist disappointed by lack of interest in Bowser

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The decision to move forward with demolition of the former Bowser Pump buildings on Fort Wayne's southeast side is more than a little disappointing for Donita Mudd, who helped organize a campaign to save the century-old office building. 

"These buildings were southeast Fort Wayne's last chance at economic development through adaptive reuse," Mudd said in a Facebook message Tuesday. 

In Mudd's eyes, the decision to reject efforts by historic preservation groups like Indiana Landmarks underscores what she describes as a lack of concern for the economic well-being of Fort Wayne's southeast side. 

"Mayor (Tom Henry) and the McMillen Foundation turned their backs to a predominantly African-American part of town," Mudd said. "Those buildings were in fantastic condition and they are demolishing perfectly reusable buildings so that tax credits, Community Development Block Grants and other funds can be used on The Landing and other downtown projects."