During yesterday’s Fort Wayne City Council meeting, several rezoning ordinances pertaining to the downtown were before the Council for discussion. Â The Downtown Design Guidelines, authored and adopted a few years back, were brought up. Â The Council, led by Councilman Tim Pape and Mitch Harper, asked that these be worked into the ordinances and encouraged staff to make this a priority. Â If you haven’t, read through the detailed guidelines by clicking the above photo. Â
If this had been done a few years ago, we wouldn’t have the Subway now at the corner of Clinton Street and Jefferson Boulevard. Â Instead, the structure would hug the sidewalks with parking mostly hidden from the street. Â It would also dictate the types of construction materials and designs in downtown building. Â It would give the City more control over downtown development. Â More on this later.