Wells Street Streetscape Formally Unveiled

By Laura Donaldson

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 12, 2009 at 8:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Months of dealing with construction noise and slowed traffic are behind one Fort Wayne neighborhood as city leaders cut the ribbon on the Wells Streetscape Improvement project late Thursday morning.

New business district signs, sidewalk improvements and a fresh layer of asphalt were the city's contributions to the near north side neighborhood.

Business owners chipped in with storefront facade work, all aimed at giving one Of Fort Wayne’s oldest business districts a face-lift.

Mayor Tom Henry says this is one of many projects being planned or already under way.

Mayor Henry says, “We've identified a number of business corridors like Wells Street that really are located within neighborhood areas that, as I mentioned earlier, can be enhanced as a result of the business corridor coming to life and being all that it can be.”

The city funded the $792,000 project with federal development block grant funds and CEDIT money. The project also finished about five months ahead of schedule.

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