FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – On Tuesday night Fort Wayne City Council passed a pair of funding motions.

The first one allows the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) enacted by Congress in March of 2021 to move forward in Fort Wayne. The city will receive $50.8 million to help recover from economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council agreed to a preliminary plan on just how to spend that money. Here’s the plan for the funds:

  • Build strong and healthy communities to improve the mental and physical health of the Fort Wayne community by hosting mental health symposiums, adding social workers to the FWPD Crisis Intervention team
  • To make investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure
  • Assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality due to COVID-19’s negative economic impacts
  • Invest in a grocery store in the Southeast area of Fort Wayne
  • Improvements to Franke Park to alleviate traffic
  • Maintain consistency and strive for quality in government services in order to benefit residents.

The second motion related to the ongoing riverfront development. Now in phase 2, the development has been buying business that don’t “fit” with the feeling they’re going for on the river.

The latest move will now be to buy the land Schaab metal products sits on, and relocate it to allow another business that is more pedestrian friendly to move in.

Whether it’s a new restaurant or shopping center is still yet to be decided.