American Rescue Plan to Eliminate a Food Desert and Revitalize City Infrastructure in Fort Wayne


WPTA: Fort Wayne council begins to spend COVID relief funds

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated the brighter future the American Rescue Plan is STILL creating for Hoosiers in Northeast Indiana. This time, the Fort Wayne City Council approved a $2 million investment to create a grocery store in Southeast Fort Wayne. The investment will eliminate a food desert in that community. Additionally, the Rescue Plan will provide another $10.5 million to revitalize parks and streets in the City. Indiana Democrats like André Carson and Frank Mrvan delivered this brighter future to Hoosiers in Allen County. 

In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party – including U.S. Senator Todd Young – said “NO” to these investments. Both Young and Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer called this project “socialism” – claiming the Republicans’ opposition was a “great campaign to run on”. The Indiana GOP’s opposition to the kitchen-table issues is another reminder they have no plan for Indiana’s future – just abiding by an extremist agenda. 

Here’s a look at how the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver for Indiana’s economy: 

WPTA: Fort Wayne council begins to spend COVID relief funds

Figuring out how to spend nearly $51 million isn’t easy.

That’s the question Fort Wayne city councillors have been grappling with for months.

The funds came from the American Rescue Plan, a pandemic relief bill that was passed into law in 2021. […]

Councillors approved $2 million for a recently announced community grocery store in southeast Fort Wayne. The store’s development will be led by the city and a yet-to-be-named partner (likely a local healthcare giant.)

City officials said the store will offer nutritious food and fresh produce at more affordable prices than other grocers, while offering job and skills training to neighbors. The concept is based on a community grocery in Toledo, Ohio, where a major healthcare provider partnered with local authorities to operate the store. […]

Council approved money to fund improvements to several city parks and streetscapes.

Brewer Park: $2 million

Packard Park: $1.8 million

Franke Park phase one: $5 million

Streetscape improvements along Pontiac St: $1.7 million


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