Momentum to continue in 2019, mayor tells Rotary

January 28, 2019 GMT

In an annual talk some club members call the informal State of the City address, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today told the Downtown Rotary Club the city’s momentum should continue in 2019.

Club members were reminded the year will mark the Democratic mayor’s run for an unprecedented fourth consecutive term in his introduction by former club president John Peirce.

Henry pledged to continue to invest in neighborhoods and touted several projects already under way.

He also outlined several development projects set for significant upcoming milestones.

Among them, the mayor said, is a topping-off ceremony Wednesday for the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites across from the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

Not far behind are June groundbreakings for two big downtown projects -- the Provenance Hotels boutique hotel at Harrison and Main streets and the HIVE mixed residential and commercial project for the riverfront.

The projects are part of $335 million in investment and commitments in 2018 and 2019, he said.

In addition, the mayor said to expect another $30 million investment in neighborhood infrastructure, including sidewalks.