CITY "QUIETLY" DISCUSSING ASH PROJECT: Local media has been reporting that the "City is quietly discussing the Ash project with unnamed developer." First, I shudder anytime I hear the City quietly discussing anything. The "more quiet" the City is about anything, the more tax dollars are being squandered. Btw, that's not an opinion---that's a provable fact. Look to all the public-private partnership projects that are unable to sustain themselves, starting with majority of new parking garages Downtown.
Second, does the current administration really think they are fooling anyone?? Hello, Eric Doden called and he wants his time in the spotlight as Ash's new developer. At the beginning of the year, he was in the news discussing how housing opportunities in Fort Wayne. With the help of the current administration, he orchestrated the development of City Flats---all while being in a conflict of interest position with the Indiana Economic Development Commission. Subsequent to the City Flats and the pesky Indiana Ethics Commission, Doden "retired" from the IEDC. Ok, he didn't retire, he left the IEDC for the greener and closer pastures over at Greater Fort Wayne.
The Administration and Doden want to take advantage of new grants for federal government housing programs. With both Henry and Doden being funded by the same group of people and running around in the same circles, they are in a position of envy and insider wheel-n-deal trade.
If Doden wants to take the leads on the residential of the Ash "Cash and Slash" Brokerage project, by all means do so. But let's stop this cat-and-mouse game of covert transparency and just be honest about what is really going on.
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Though Mayor Tom Henry’s administration still isn’t ready to announce a formal agreement, Fort Wayne city officials are working ...