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Board may consider buying ‘fast-food block’ west of Grand Wayne

December 3, 2018

The Allen County Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board hasn’t abandoned the idea of purchasing the block containing three fast-food restaurants just west of the Grand Wayne Center : but this time, there’s no arena in sight.

The board has listed as an agenda item considering a purchase authorization for the properties on the agenda for its meeting Thursday.

Bart Shaw, executive director of the Grand Wayne, this morning said the authorization resolution was still being developed and could not be released. He said the board could decide to pull it from the agenda or not take a vote Thursday.

But board member Don Steininger confirmed the board is looking at purchasing the two properties : one that contains King Gyros and Rally’s, and the other Taco Bell : on the north side of the 300 block of West Jefferson Boulevard.

The land was considered as the site of a proposed downtown arena until the plan was shelved in late 2017.

However, the board in April approved borrowing through a bond issue to add floors to the Civic Center Garage. Some of those funds could be used for purchasing the properties, commonly known as the “fast-food block,” board members said at the time.

Steininger said this resolution “has nothing to do with an arena.”

“No, absolutely not,” he said. “That is not part of the discussion.... We are simply acquiring it for future use.”    

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