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Cindy’s Diner move set for Thursday vote

The city of Fort Wayne continues to move forward with its proposal for a new location for Cindy’s Diner.

Fort Wayne is moving forward with plans to relocate the historic diner to a parking lot at West Berry Street and Maiden Lane, according to a statement from the city on Tuesday.

The Board of Park Commissioners is expected to vote on the proposal at a 4 p.m. meeting on Thursday in the garden level of Citizens Square at 200 E. Berry St., the statement said.

The new location is currently part of the parking lot of the Community Center of the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department. The city said the move was evaluated to make sure it would not result in fewer parking spaces for visitors to the Community Center, and the city is planning to add one additional parking space on the current lot along with two on-street parking spaces to accommodate visitors to Cindy’s Diner.

If the proposal is approved and the weather cooperates, the move will likely happen in February.

The diner learned it would have to move in September when the city secured a $71 million development in downtown at its current location in the streets boarded by Wayne, Harrison, Berry and Webster streets.

The development expected to take an entire square block will be a new headquarters for Ash Brokerage and a residential development led by Hanning & Bean Enterprises.

The city anticipates construction will begin in April and take nearly two years to complete, the statement said.