Councilmen Want More Details on FW’s Riverfront Plan

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): City Council will meet tonight to consider a request to earmark $6 million in Legacy Funds for an early step in downtown riverfront development.

The city wants to use the money as part of a larger $12 million dollar package to start phase one of the project.

Money from other sources, including the as much as $3 million each from the Community Foundation and the Capital Improvement Board could make up the remainder.

Councilman Russ Jehl (2nd District) says he supports the development, but wants more information.

“As long as I know where we are going and how we are going to pay for it and as long and I feel like we are going to pass off (a) good riverfront to onto our children and leave positive fiscal legacy that doesn't do that on their credit card.”

He added, “I want to vote for riverfront development. I also want to know how we are going to pay for it without exhausting legacy (funds.)

Jehl tells WOWO News, a vote scheduled for tonight may be delayed.