Lafayette Street is set to welcome visitors traveling downtown from Southern Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, 6th District City Councilman Glynn Hines and Lafayette Place Neighborhood Association President Westley Falcaro cut the ribbon Monday on the improved greenspace at the northwest corner of Lafayette Street and Pettit Avenue.
The greenspace used to be nine vacant lots. The space is now landscaped with a walking path from the Lafayette Place neighborhood to Southgate Plaza. It also has lighting and a butterfly garden. A neighborhood marker has also been constructed, identifying Lafayette Place, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lafayette Place Neighborhood Association added trash cans and pet waste stations and will be maintaining the property.
“While this Lafayette corridor project is not large in scope, it has a significant impact on the impression we create with visitors traveling from the south,” said Mayor Henry. “This is another investment in our neighborhoods that instills pride in our community and helps make Fort Wayne a point of destination.”
The work is part of the City’s Front Door Fort Wayne Plan, which is a comprehensive plan to transform the City’s primary corridors and gateways.