Cindy's Diner Among Businesses To Be Moved In Downtown Development (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A downtown staple, Cindy's Diner, may be forced to move again.

John Scheele bought the diner in 1990 with his wife, Cindy, and moved it from Clay and Berry to the corner of Harrison and Wayne. On Friday, Scheele's landlord called him to tell him that it appears to be a done deal.

Owners of properties on the block between Wayne, Harrison, Webster and Berry Streets have agreed to sell, according to the News Sentinel.

The block has been rumored in a project involving a parking garage and multi-story building for Ash Brokerage and other tenants.

Moving the diner could cost upwards of $100,000 and Scheele says he is considering three locations, all of which are downtown. He purchased the diner for $16,000 in 1990.

The pro-life Women's Care Center, the empty former abortion clinic on Webster, a vacant home, small attorneys' office on Wayne and the neoclassical building at 222 W. Wayne St. all sit on the block. The neoclassical building was built in 1919 for the Anthony Wayne Institute and was going to be considered for protection by the Local Historic Review Board before the owner pulled it from the agenda. There is a tattoo parlor in the basement that is also expected to move.

The Mayor's office declined to comment and 21Alive has reached out to Ash Brokerage for comment.

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