Fort Wayne City Council Passes Co-Location

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated May 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Co-location is moving forward in the Summit City.

The Fort Wayne City Council unanimously voted to approve a plan calling for Fort Wayne city employees share office space with Allen County government employees.

The twofold plan has been in the works for more than a year.

City and County leaders will share office space in the Renaissance Square building at 200 East Berry Street in Downtown Fort Wayne.

The vacated City-County Building will have new tenants as well.

After a few renovations, the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Sheriff's Department will set up shop in the City-County Building.

City leaders said buying and renovating an existing building will save millions compared to building from the ground up.

The projected move in date for Renaissance Square is April 2011.

FWPD and the Allen County Sheriff's Department are on track to move into the City-County Building by December 2011.

Both buildings need renovations, so city and county leaders will split that job.

Fort Wayne is in charge of fixing Renaissance Square.

Allen County will upgrade the City-County Building.

Fort Wayne Council Member Karen Goldner said the "sub-standard" police headquarters on the city's southeast side, created a need for a better facility.

Other council members believe co-locating just makes the most financial sense.

However, funding is not all set for the project.

"We still will have plenty of discussions as time goes on about what it's all going to cost and what those appropriations will be. Those are discussions yet to come and those are going to be interesting," said Fort Wayne 1st District Republican Councilman Tom Smith.

The Allen County Council has approved three million dollars to go towards renovations.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's Office says City Council should approve at least one million dollars to go towards renovations.

However, city council wants to spend less than one million dollars.

Meanwhile, City Controller Pat Roller supports the Mayor and says the city may need more than one million dollars to complete the necessary renovations.

Funding proposals will be brought before the city council later this year.

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