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City Council sends Legacy funding to proposed southeast subdivision

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FILE PHOTO: Rebecca Green

Two significant proposals made their way to Fort Wayne City Council during its weekly meeting at Citizens Square Tuesday night.

The body approved $5.2 million in Legacy Fund dollars to aid the funding of a massive new subdivision on Fort Wayne’s southeast side.

The vote was 7-2; Republican Council members Paul Ensley and Jason Arp, who have historically voted tightly with regard to Legacy disbursements, opposed the funding.

Roosevelt Reserves is a $52 million private investment being developed by Jerry Starks. It will feature 263 lots near the northeast corner of Tillman and Hessen Cassel Roads.

It will also be within a TIF district, allowing for taxes to be collected within the property, and that money would be funneled back into the Legacy Fund.

Council is also debating a measure in accordance with its 2007 smoking ordinance that would ban vaping in public spaces, in an effort to protect workers on various jobs from exposure to secondhand vape from coworkers.

The measure was proposed by at-large Democrat Glynn Hines, and advanced on a 6-3 vote for final discussion next Tuesday.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.