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Henry calls downtown Fort Wayne a place to live, play

Mayor Tom Henry spoke to the Rotary Club of Downtown Fort Wayne Monday, saying downtown Fort Wayne has become not only a workplace destination, but a place people also want to live and play.

The annual Rotary speech is a prelude to Henry’s State of the City address which will take place next month at the Grand Wayne Center, said John Perlich, spokesman for the mayor’s office.

Henry cited successful examples of downtown living such as the Harrison Square and Anthony Wayne Building projects which include new condominiums, retail space and offices.

As far as play, Parkview Field attracts 400,000 people a year to baseball games and other events, Henry said.

Henry broke down his role as mayor to three primary functions.

"There's economic development, financial responsibility and improving the quality of life for all residents," Henry said.

He expanded on the progress the city had made in all three areas.

There is more exciting development in store for Fort Wayne, including the new $71 million downtown project that includes a new national headquarters for Ash Brokerage and a residential development led by Hanning & Bean Enterprises, Henry said.

The mayor also outlined some deals still in the works, including new development and housing on Ewing Street and Fairfield Avenue, across from Parkview Field.

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