Fort Wayne southeast charrette, prompts locals to demand more economic development in their area.

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Monday was the kick-off for the Fort Wayne southeast charrette.

This is a week long event that gives residents a chance to mingle with people in their community while discussing concerns and issues in their area and mapping solutions.

City leaders from the Southeast Area Partnership have been working to update the community’s Southeast Strategy and are now ready to hear from residents during several events scheduled for the week of October 21

Over a hundred southeast residents packed the former Kmart plaza, with one main goal in common, more economic development in southeast Fort Wayne.

“We used to have so much to offer on the south side of town,” said southeast resident Dorthy Billingsley. “We had things for the kids to do and things for grownups, now when we take our children places, I have to go out north”

Billingsley is not alone on this issue, Cindy Mustaine expressed her frustration.

“It’s just nothing for anyone to do out here, you got to go clear across town to do anything unless you want to go to Walmart,” said Mustaine.

The charatte will have an event everyday until October 24th which is the wrap up.

.Southeast Strategy Kick-Off: Monday, October 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 7500 S. Anthony Blvd. in the former Kmart Plaza. Food from local restaurants, games and door prizes will be part of the event.

Morning 2-cent coffee – Tuesday and Wednesday, October 22 and 23 from 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Lunch Cafe Meetups– Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Food Truck Patio – Tuesday , October 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the southeast corner of McKinnie and S. Anthony. Games, music and art by Paco will be part of this event. One Love Jamaican Food Truck will be serving tasty food. 

Southeast Strategy Wrap-Up: Thursday, October 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 7500 S. Anthony Blvd. in the former Kmart Plaza. Food from local restaurants, games and door prizes will be part of the event. 

“Having a growing and vibrant southeast Fort Wayne is critical to the current and future success of our community,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Collectively, we’ve made positive strides, but we recognize that more needs to be done to ensure residents and neighborhoods have access to grocery stores, restaurants, and additional retail options to enhance the overall quality of life.”

YARD & Company is an urban design and economic development consulting firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio that specializes in creating strategic visions for urban neighborhoods and commercial districts.

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