In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Allen County Council approved transfer of the west half of a parking lot on Superior Street to the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission to make way for a new Hall's restaurant.
Later this year, the 122-year-old Cambray & Associates building, which until last month was located at 312 S. Harrison St., will move onto the south side of the Superior Street parking lot. To clear space for the city's developing Promenade Park, the building was moved to the former Smurfit building site on West Superior Street, just across the street from its final destination.
“I don't know if you saw, but the (Allen County) commissioners and the mayor actually pulled the building,” Chris Could, executive assistant for the Allen County commissioners, told the council Thursday. “Very strong.”
The new location will not replace the existing Don Hall's Gas House on Superior Street. The owners hope the new restaurant will complement their existing operations.
As part of the move, the county will lose 31 parking spaces on Superior Street, Cloud said. In return, the city has pledged 31 spaces for county use inside the Rousseau Center parking garage.
The building, which will face east to west on the lot, will be moved this spring, Cloud said.
In other business, the County Council approved a salary ordinance establishing pay for employees of the soon-to-be-created Department of Environmental Management.
The move was necessary to prepare for the dissolution of the Allen County Solid Waste Management District. Pending approval during today's county commissioners meeting, the district will be dissolved March 3.
The district will become the Department of Environmental Management under the county's umbrella. The council also approved transfer of $20,300 in operating funds to ensure the department has money as soon as it is created.
The council approved both ordinances unanimously. Councilman Bob Armstrong, R-at large, abstained because he is an employee of the solid waste management district.