FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A plan addressing the future needs of 18 neighborhoods that comprise what’s known as the Packard Area of Fort Wayne has been adopted.
The Packard 2030 Neighborhood Plan is the result of efforts by Fort Wayne’s Neighborhood Planning and Activation Workgroup and the Packard Area Planning Alliance.
The Packard area is comprised of the following neighborhoods:
- Broad River
- Foster Park
- Sherwood to Pettit
- Courts of Woodhurst
- Harrison Hill
- South Wayne
- Creighton Home
- Hoagland Masterson
- Southwood Park
- Illsley Place
- West Rudisill
- Fairfield Terrace Belmont
- Williams Woodland Park
“We worked with 1,500 folks throughout the entire process, getting input and information to incorporate into the plan,” said Dan Baisden, administrator of neighborhood planning and activation for the City of Fort Wayne. “I think the biggest highlight is that it was designed by the residents and the businesses and the stakeholders.”
Initial projects for 2023 include pedestrian safety improvements at several locations, sidewalk repair and new street lighting to improve neighborhood safety, wayfinding signage on specific corridors, and streetscape improvements at the intersection of Fairfield Avenue and Taylor Street, also known as Irishtown.
Information for the plan was gathered through a combination of Neighborhood walks, meetings, public open houses, resident surveys and stakeholder interviews.
Throughout the process an abundance of information was gathered, like crime heatmaps, daily traffic numbers for intersections, land use and more.