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FWCS sells property to city

Maplecrest project to add lane in front of elementary

Widening the road in front of Haley Elementary School to make room for an additional lane will cost the city of Fort Wayne more than $24,000, officials said.

Fort Wayne Community School board members Monday unanimously approved the sale of 35 feet of right of way needed for the city to expand Maplecrest Road to four lanes.

The city will pay the school district $24,215 for the property and the cost of moving a sign at the school, 2201 Maplecrest Road.

The money will be funneled into the school district’s general fund, FWCS Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend said.

The project will extend Maplecrest Road from Lake Avenue in Fort Wayne south 1 1/2 miles to Indiana 930 in New Haven, crossing the unincorporated town of Riverhaven.

In 2012, city officials estimated the project would cost about $31.3 million.

Friend said the expansion of Maplecrest Road will benefit families and teachers, providing easier access to the school and won’t interfere with the busing lanes.

“Our families will benefit from the project so we get to benefit twice – from the ease of getting to the school as well as the financial reward that we’ve received,” Friend said.

jcrothers@jg.net

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