Enterprise Zone Revitalization

In 2014 the Urban Enterprise Association invested funds in the Great Tree Canopy Comeback.  Created in 2002, the Great Tree Canopy Comeback is a community tree planting day organized by volunteers with Friends of the Parks and area parks departments to combat the critical loss of trees in our community.  Over the past 12 years, more than 2000 trees have been planted in area parks.  The UEA provided a matching grant to Friends of the Parks to fund tree planting in parks located within the Fort Wayne Enterprise Zone and service delivery area boundaries.  93 trees were planted by volunteers in Psi Ote Park, Reservoir Park, Rockhill Park and the Rivergreeway.

In 2012, the Urban Enterprise Association, along with the City of Fort Wayne's Divisions of Public Works and Community Development, invested $100,000 to replace the curbs and sidewalks along South Anthony Boulevard between Maumee Avenue and Luther Street.  This project greatly improved the appearance of one of the major entrance corridors into the Enterprise Zone.  Approximately $10,000 of private funds were invested by occupants along South Anthony for extra projects to further enhance the appearance of the street.

In 2011 and 2012, the UEA partnered with volunteers from Plumber and Steamfitters Local Union 166, Blue Jacket and the Downtown Improvement District to improve the appearance along the Taylor Street corridor.  Volunteers removed trash and debris, weeded, and cut back overgrown shrubs and limbs on Taylor Street between Broadway and the BAE Systems property. 

In 2011, the UEA provided funds to Custom Engineering & Fabrication, Tri-State Machining, and Lincoln Chapman Enterprises to assist with the costs associated with extensive exterior clean-up projects on their properties.

The UEA assists with the removal of graffiti within the boundaries of the Enterprise Zone.  Since 1992, the UEA has granted over $175,000 to the YMCA Youth Service Bureau's Graffiti Removal Network.  Youth and adults who are court-ordered to complete community service work with the Youth Service Bureau to remove graffiti from sites throughout the Enterprise Zone.  By removing graffiti vandalism from both public and private property within the Enterprise Zone, the Graffiti Removal Network has been instrumental in assisting the UEA with its mission of crime prevention and removal of blight.

Between 1999 and 2010 the UEA, in partnership with the YMCA Youth Service Bureau, planted 28 flower gardens at various locations throughtout the Enterprise Zone such as the Neighborhood Health Clinic, Central Supply, Fort Wayne Anodizing, and the 1911 Gallery.