WCNA 2015 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND CONTEST

Our 2015 Membership Drive is in full swing and West Central Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce a contest to sign up new members. The contest runs through 2/28/2015.  The winners will be determined based on the amount of new membership dues raised.

To qualify as a new member, the person must not have been a member in 2014.  A list of 2014 members can be found by reviewing the 2014 Final Membership list.  If your friends and neighbors weren’t members in 2014, ask them to join in 2015!

New members should mention you when signing up. The easiest way to accomplish this is to have the new member write your name on the 2015 Membership Contest Form in the “Please let us know if there is anyone we can thank…” section.

• First prize is a $50 Gift Certificate to a neighborhood restaurant.
• Second prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to a neighborhood restaurant.

Good luck and get ready to enjoy those gift certificates!

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FARMER’S MARKET AT SHERIDAN COURT INCREASES VENDOR BASE

Three new vendors will be on site tonight: Atom Acres, Kings Cottage, and Urban Grow.  The market has been a well-attended event since its inception.  Look for continued addition of vendors and an increased variety of veggies, fruits, jams, jellies, and preserves.  And, who knows what else one might find to carry home for mealtime treats!

Don’t let the cold and snow of our Hoosier winters deter you from attending.  After all, we are used to this!

Every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at 719 Union Street in historic West Central.

Sheridan Court Farmer's Market

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WE VALUE YOUR INPUT – CAPITAL FUND INITIATIVES

Are you a resident of West Central Neighborhood and have an idea on how to improve the neighborhood?  If you answered yes to these questions – - we welcome you to join the February 16, general Association meeting where we will be gathering ideas on improvement projects.

What: West Central Neighborhood Association Meeting

When: 7 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2015

Where: 1316 Broadway, Wellspring Center

The meeting will be spent brainstorming ideas on potential projects that will support our neighborhood.  We are looking for project ideas which fall into the following price ranges:

  • up to $1,000
  • $1,000 to $5000
  • $5,001 to $10,000
  • $10,001 to $25,0000
  • $25,000 to $50,000
  • + $50,000

West Central Neighborhood has a Plan which helps guide our direction and helps keep us aligned to our mission.  The Neighborhood Plan is available online via our website using the following link.

West Central Plan (CDAP)

Reviewing this plan prior to the February 16, Association Meeting may help you when suggesting projects or better understanding WCNA’s Vision and Mission.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.  You do not need to be a paid member to attend or to present your ideas as you may hold the key to something terrific happening in West Central.

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BEET STREET JUICERY UNIQUE TREAT FOR WEST CENTRAL

The Beet Street Juicery has opened at 534 West Berry.  Sherina & Nathan Collier wanted to establish a business centered around nutrition assistance and education and dedicated to Sherina’s father who passed away from cancer in March 2013.

The idea turned into reality after successfully crowdfunding via Kickstarter through a month long campaign to meet a $6,000 goal. After much planning and the successful interest in the business through Kickstarter, Beet Street opened in late November of 2014.

Stop in to welcome the owners of this new business. West Central is quickly becoming the place to locate small, cozy businesses that so many incoming residents desire to frequent.

Sherina Collier (on the left) and her assistant.

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CITYSCAPE FLATS – $27 MILLION HOUSING PROJECT WITHIN WCN

Cityscape Flats

City moving ahead with $27 million housing project one block west of Parkview Field.  ‘Cityscape Flats’ to feature 167 apartments, eight townhouses.

http://www.fortwayne.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20150115/NEWS/320159392/0/SEARCH

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WEST CENTRAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AREA PLAN (CDAP)

As we look at the future of West Central and its relationship to the urban core, in general, and to the downtown, in particular, our Community Development Area Plan becomes even more critical as the City continues to make decisions that have the potential to impact our neighborhood.  A review of West Central’s Community Development Area Plan – informally called a “CDAP” – can afford valuable information to guide how our neighborhood will ultimately fit into broader city planning.

West Central CDAP History

HOUSING STRATEGY AND BENEFITS OF THE WEST CENTRAL CDAP

In 2003, the City of Fort Wayne Housing Strategy was adopted as an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan to re-energize the City’s neighborhoods. Planning & Policy partnered with neighborhood residents and other community stakeholders to develop implementable and measurable community development plans. The West Central CDAP was put into effect in 2004.

West Central Plan (CDAP)

During the planning process, residents, community groups, property owners, and business owners identify and discuss issues, develop goals and create strategies. Plans usually include four basic elements: land use, transportation, housing, and community facilities. Other specific issues identified by community members also can be addressed by the plan.

The Plan was presented to City Council for formal adoption and become a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The approved plan is to used by City departments, boards, and commissions as a guide for decision-making.  If West Central determines that a project is key to the neighborhood,  it can be included in the annual Capital Improvement Plan submitted to City Council as a part of the budget process.

Plans also help communities organize their ideas into a single document that can be shared with residents, potential community partners, and investors.

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