Improvements in east Allen County in line for a $2 million boost
By Kevin Leininger | News-Sentinel
Plans for several improvements in eastern Allen County apparently will get a $2 million boost from County Council Thursday.
That’s when council is scheduled to consider a resolution that would pledge $400,000 each year from 2019 to 2023 in support of the New Allen Alliance’s “East Allen’s Rural Revival Regional Development Plan, a proposed $51 million in seven communities consisting of trails, parks, downtown improvements and other projects.
The County Commissioners approved up to $4.25 million for the program in August, and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Capital Improvement Board followed with another $3.3 million in September. The New Allen Alliance’s plan in April was selected as one of six finalists in the running to be named one of two “Stellar Communities” statewide. Funding available through the state program would include $4.5 million in Community Development Block Grants, $2 million in Rural Transportation funds, $800,000 in annual Housing Tax Credits and other forms of support.
County Council has designated its funds for four projects: $1 million for the Cedar Creeks Park Trail, $500,000 for a county commercial facade grant program similar to one available in Fort Wayne, $250,000 for projects in Harlan and Hoagland and $250,000 for “leadership and placemaking training and support.”
Local support is crucial in the competition for the state funds, council’s resolution states.