News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Voluntary annexation of farmland along U.S. 30 proposed
Land would be marketed as potential corporate office park
(September 29, 2014) – A planning services contract for the voluntary annexation of a piece of farmland along U.S. Highway 30 will be presented for approval at today’s Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission meeting. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in Room 030 on the Garden Level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.
The area is bounded by U.S. Highway 30 on the south, Flaugh Road on the west, Washington Center Road on the north and Kruse Homestead on the east.
The owner of the farmland is requesting the annexation, making it a “Super Voluntary Annexation,” according to Indiana law. The City of Fort Wayne has no plans to annex any property adjacent to the farmland.
Property owners in the proposed annexation area have been notified of the proposal. An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7914 W. Cook Rd.
The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission has an option to purchase the farmland, but before acquisition can take place, the land must be annexed into the City of Fort Wayne.
Resolutions for the voluntary annexation will be introduced to Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
If City Council approves the annexation of the land, it would be marketed for development as a corporate office park.
The U.S. 30 corridor has been identified as a priority for business development. The voluntary annexation presents an opportunity for the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission to acquire the land and work with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. to continue efforts to attract high-paying jobs to the region.
A public hearing regarding the annexation will be held at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 030 at Citizens Square.