Local Blighted Homes Could get Some Relief

Published 02/03 2014 10:23PM

Updated 02/04 2014 08:43AM


The City of Fort Wayne is  trying to improve some of the cities most blighted neighborhoods with some assistance from the state. 

Isadora McDowell lives along Creighton Avenue, one of Fort Wayne’s busiest thoroughfares; she says she’s tired of the run-down, abandoned homes in her neighborhood.

“When you get them cleaned up and make them look nice it makes the whole neighborhood come together,” said McDowell. 

The U.S Department of Treasury just approved $75 million for Indiana’s hardest hit fund, it’s a program aimed at eliminating blighted homes.

Municipalities throughout the state can apply for a portion of the $75 million, but the process is competitive.

“The city of Fort Wayne is competing against Hamilton and St Joseph counties for about $10.5 million, said Heather Presley-Cowan, Deputy Director, Community Development, City of Fort Wayne.   

Cowen says there are roughly 200 structures that city officials have identified, and if the money were to be granted--those homes would be acquired and demolished.   

“Demolition is not the solution.  It’s not the solution. It’s what comes after the fact,” said Presley Cowen.    


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