Gen. Anthony Wayne isn't going anywhere.
An offer by the non-profit Courthouse Preservation Trust to spend up to $100,000 in private money to enhance the visibility of the historic statue of Fort Wayne's namesake has derailed Mayor Tom Henry's plan for moving it to the Courthouse Green.
Henry first began discussing the move several months ago, but the Preservation Trust, which raised money to create the Green and preserve the landmark courthouse, opposed it from the start.
Last week, the mayor announced the move – estimated to cost less than $75,000 – would be completed this fall. That drew a City Council resolution opposing the move.
But before the council could vote Tuesday night, Henry phoned to take the Preservation Trust up on its offer to enhance the statue and improve sight lines where it has stood in Freimann Square for 40 years.
"All he ever wanted was greater visibility for the statue and this is a way to accomplish that goal," said Parks Director Al Moll.
The council resolution was withdrawn and Preservation Trust members hailed the decision as a win for everyone involved.
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