The Journal Gazette
Friday, August 16, 2019 1:00 am


Fort Wayne/Allen County

Public hearing set for new building

The Fort Wayne Plan Commission will conduct a public hearing next month for Ashberry Eight LLC's plans to build a five-story mixed-use building at Berry Street and Maiden Lane downtown.

The building includes a parking garage and “tenant space,” according to plans submitted to the plan commission.

The building is to have 353 parking spaces.

It is now described as having 190,730 square feet on an approximately one-acre site.

Construction would require tearing down the neighboring International Order of Odd Fellows hall, recently renovated with a new facade, and a small garage behind it.

The public hearing is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Room 35 of Citizens Square.

$50,000 donated to FWCS program

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation received a $50,000 matching challenge donation from White Lodging to benefit the b Instrumental program, according to a news release Thursday.

Launched in 2016, b Instrumental is an effort to enhance music programs for middle and high school students in FWCS.

The FWCS Foundation has raised more than $1.6 million.

In the final push of the campaign, the music program seeks to raise an additional $350,000, the release said.

Go to or call 467-2109 for more information or to donate.

White Lodging is the developer, owner and operator of the new Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown, Burger Bar, Conner's Rooftop, Conner's Kitchen + Bar and the Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown.

Parkview hosting bleeding training

Parkview Regional Medical Center is hosting a free Stop the Bleed training course at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Participants will learn basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters.

Stop the Bleed is not only a course but also a national awareness campaign to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

This one-hour course is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited.

To register, call 266-1289.

Airport inspection clean for 5th year

Fort Wayne International Airport has gone five years without any discrepancies in its annual Federal Aviation Administration inspection.

The most recent annual certification inspection was Aug. 6-8 and was administered by the FAA Great Lakes Region Airport Certification and Safety Office. 

The airport finished its most recent Part 139 FAA annual inspection after three days of an on-site inspector thoroughly examining all areas of airport operations, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority said in a statement Thursday.

Butcher fund to give scholarships

A scholarship fund in memory of Charly Butcher will benefit students studying communication or education – fields the radio personality supported, Federated Media Fort Wayne market manager Jim Allgeier announced Thursday.

Thursday marked the first anniversary of Butcher's death.

Funding will be raised similarly to WOWO's annual Penny Pitch charitable effort but will not include an annual radiothon, according to a news release.

More details will be announced later.

The hope is to convert the Charly Butcher Scholarship Fund into a foundation so his legacy may live on, the release said.


2 area projects receive funding

Two communities in northeast Indiana are among 17 rural communities in the state that will receive a combined $10.5 million in federal grant funds announced Thursday by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

The city of Kendallville was awarded $600,000 from the Main Street Revitalization Program for a downtown streetscape project that will replace sidewalks, curbs and lights along three downtown blocks to eliminate blight, improve safety and enrich the overall quality of life.

The town of Andrews in Huntington County was awarded $600,000 from the Stormwater Improvement Program to install 1,650 linear feet of drainage, nine inlets and seven utility holes along McKeever Street from Jackson Street to Loon Creek to address residential flooding.

– Journal Gazette

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