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2009 Broadway Report

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Broadway has experienced some noteworthy changes in the past year through investments by our city government and by private property owners. There are several accomplishments and updates to report.

The first annual general membership meeting of Business On Broadway was held on January 8, 2009 at St. Joe Hospital. This was the first “official” action by a small group of Broadway business owners who had been working for about three years prior to that to create a business association and to generate enthusiasm for a revived and prosperous Broadway Corridor.

At that meeting, By-laws to govern the organization were reviewed and discussed and amendments were suggested and voted on. A copy of the current by-laws is available on our website at At this same meeting various membership levels and associated dues were discussed and approved. An election was held to appoint new officers and board directors. This board has met monthly throughout 2009.

Our organization has been incorporated as Business On Broadway, Inc., a 501 (c)6 non-profit corporation. Articles of Incorporation were submitted and a federal tax identification number obtained. Further documentation for the not-for-profit status was required and this is being completed and submitted.

We have established a method for retaining our set of official documents and all pertinent records including the by-laws, minutes, reports, etc.

Our treasurer opened savings and checking accounts for the organization at the Midwest America Federal Credit Union located on Sweeny just off of Broadway.

Business On Broadway addressed the Fort Wayne City Council in support of the Commercial Code ordinance which was passed and established. This ordinance gives The City additional authority in their attempts to enforce regulations on the appearance and maintenance of commercial properties. We also supported the Wells Street Corridor Association at City Council and Plan Commission meetings with regard to issues affecting the community development action plans for their area.

In March, Broadway received very positive publicity with the “Welcome Spring” grand re-opening of Zesto complete with news crews and interviews. As everyone knows, it truly isn’t spring in Fort Wayne until the Zesto at Broadway and Creighton is open for business.

City Councilperson Karen Goldner featured the Broadway Corridor on her television program which runs several times each month on the local city government channel. Nancy Schoenle provided information pertaining to the city facade grant recipients on Broadway and the Family Fun Fest during an interview with Karen.

McCulloch Park was one of the designated locations for “The Great Tree Canopy Comeback” with several volunteers planting approximately twenty trees throughout the park in November 2008. This park is recognized as a Legacy Park and has been serving Broadway and Fort Wayne for over 120 years. The bandstand gazebo was refurbished by the Parks Department during the spring of 2009 and new playground equipment and benches were installed at the park.

The Business On Broadway Family Fun Fest was held on June 6th at McCulloch Park. This event featured food, entertainment, fun games and children’s activities sponsored by Broadway businesses, local charitable organizations such as SCAN and the ACSPCA had booths, a raffle offering several nice prizes was held, we were joined by Johnny, the Tin Caps mascot, and it was a chance for Broadway vendors to promote their businesses. Parks Department representatives were on-hand to officially re-dedicate the newly refurbished park gazebo. There were performances by the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, Coventry Taekwondo, PEto the Magician, and two young local musicians performed wonderful original compositions. Children were able to see a fire truck and visit with firefighters. A police officer and his canine partner provided a review of commands and tricks. The event was a success with approximately 180 parents and children attending.

The petition for the re-zoning of the area north of the railroad tracks at General Electric is still in process. We have received signatures of support from several of the property owners. We will continue to contact property owners regarding the merits of the petition with out-of-town property owners being contacted via mail.

Throughout the year, the Business On Broadway board has made an on-going effort to reach out to new members and encourage their participation in our organization.

DesignFactore continues to manage our organization’s website by posting pertinent information and highlighting various businesses located on Broadway.

Six Broadway businesses were recipients of the 2009 City Facade Grant program. The businesses are: Gouloff-Jordan at 1133, the Old Mill Properties building at 1309 where Knitting Off Broadway is located, IntraScape at 1401, the George’s International complex at Broadway and Taylor, Metro Realty at 2042 and Zesto at Broadway and Creighton. Approximately 1/3 of the over $400,000 in 2009 grant money was committed to Broadway projects.

Other noteworthy changes to the Broadway Corridor in 2009 include over $100,000 invested by St. Joe Hospital for landscaping, awnings and signage and the dedication of their garden area in memory of Jerry Henry, Sr. Delaney’s at 1421 Broadway has joined our neighborhood bringing their upholstery business and an art gallery. The rehabilitation of the building located at Jefferson and Broadway is nearing completion. In addition, Mad Anthony Brewing Co. established a beer garden behind their restaurant at Broadway and Taylor and are finalizing plans for more changes in 2010. Very visible to downtown visitors, especially any visiting team outfielder at Parkview Field, is the newly renovated and brightly lit General Electric sign.

While we were greatly saddened by the departure of Catablu, we are thrilled to have Chappell’s open on Broadway once again. Thank you for coming back home! And we welcome The Philmore to our Broadway family and congratulate them as they prepare the building that formerly housed Catablu for their new venture.

The Fire Fighters Union Local 124 championed our “Patriotic Broadway” program by coordinating a discount coupon with G I Joe’s on Wells Street and providing information on proper flag etiquette and a list of patriotic holiday dates. Information about this program is posted on our Broadway website.

We worked with the City of Fort Wayne to identify and designate all available on-street parking spots on Broadway so that business patrons and guests and residents know where to park, which is usually only a few steps away from their destination.

Along with a couple property owners, the Business On Broadway board members met with Mayor Tom Henry, plus a few staff members, on September 2nd for a tour of Broadway. We started at St. Joe Hospital and walked to the fountain plaza in the 2700 block and back again during which time we discussed future plans for our corridor as well as opportunities for improvements.

The Shine and Hardin Christmas event was held on November 20th. Once again they sponsored a beautiful tree located on the plaza in front of their building. Santa and Mrs. Claus were there to greet children, the polar express train provided rides, children were able to see and pet a reindeer, and all enjoyed treats and entertainment including the Imagine School choir. Many other Broadway businesses joined in the celebration by creating their own holiday displays with lights and decorations.

We look forward to 2010 and will continue to work for improvements to our Broadway corridor. Brian Schaper of Metro Realty is developing a list of available commercial properties for sale or for lease. We plan to sponsor a couple tailgate events to be held in the Fire Fighters Union parking lot prior to Tin Caps baseball games. We encourage everyone to participate in the Great American Clean-Up on May 15th. Please take the opportunity to not only make improvements to your own property but to help a neighbor as well. Small acts such as picking up litter, sweeping sidewalks, planting flowers and flying your flag will go a long way in enhancing our Broadway Corridor. And join us in helping Shine and Hardin light up Broadway for the holidays in November. We would love to see all Broadway businesses and homes decorated with sparkling white lights and other holiday adornments so that when the tree at the Shine and Hardin offices is illuminated on November 19th, all of Broadway can then join in and show our holiday spirit.

To all of our members and especially to those who have been actively involved as an officer, a board member or by serving on a committee, Thank you for your support of the Broadway Corridor and thank you for your support of the efforts of our organization, Business On Broadway.

Downtown’s Broadway Seeing a Boom

Monday, December 7th, 2009

From Wane TV. Friday, September 25, 2009

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The General Membership Meeting will be Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 5:30pm at St. Joe Hospital.

Business On Broadway Family Fun Fest

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Please check out photos and a video from this year’s B.O.B. Family Fun Fest.

Special thanks to Stephen L. Parker

Broadway to be discussed on FIOS 28 and Comcast 58

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Karen Goldner has requested that Nancy Schoenle join her for a brief discussion about Broadway to be included in a City Council Television program about investment in local infrastructure.  She will also be talking to Judi Wire about the Wells Street Corridor, if you are interested in seeing this program, it can be viewed on TV channels FIOS 28 or Comcast 58. First airing, Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00pm. Also scheduled for each Thursday evening at 7:00pm and each Friday morning at 7:00am through June.

VIDEO: Zesto on Broadway opens

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Video by Cathie Rowand, The Journal Gazette

Zesto on Broadway opened on the first day of spring and promoted upcoming activities in the Broadway Corridor. (view video)

Broadway Corridor Could Be a New Hot Spot

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Story from Indiana’s News Center.

Broadway Buzz (WANE TV Story)

Monday, October 13th, 2008

An article from WANE TV.

Big Changes Coming to Broadway (WANE TV Video)

Monday, October 13th, 2008

This clip aired on Newschannel 15’s First at Five on October 7, 2008

Broadway Corridor Project Meeting Recap

Monday, October 13th, 2008

The folks over at posted YouTube video below of the meeting. To move forward/backward through the video series, mouse over the video and you’ll see arrows appear at each side.

The designation of the two-mile-long Broadway Corridor as one of the city’s “destination spots” was unveiled today during a news conference at the Catablu American Grille, 2441 Broadway.  Leaders from both the private and public sectors presented a united front, committed to the improvement of the business and residential atmosphere of this historic Fort Wayne area.

The presentation noted infrastructure improvements already underway by the City of Fort Wayne, including recent sidewalk reconstruction that provides for handicap-accessibility on the north side of the Broadway Corridor.  Additionally, several soon-to-commence renovation projects were announced, as well as a website to serve as the informational guide for the Corridor.

Steve Shine, a partner in the law firm of Shine & Hardin, located on the Broadway Plaza, speaking on behalf of the Broadway Corridor Project, stated, “This is an effort to coordinate the activities of businesses, property owners, and residents along the two-mile Corridor to create a pop-culture, eclectic-type of community, using the best of the Corridor’s current assets, while rehabilitating and/or finding a better use for existing properties which want and need the assistance of a coordinated effort.”  Shine said the hub of the Broadway Corridor will be the Broadway-Taylor intersection, with the areas to the north and south of the hub serving as the spokes.

Shine also unveiled a logo to identify the Broadway Corridor area, as well as an internet website that spotlights the businesses, events, commercial real estate availability and other services which both residents, businesses, and those interested in the Project can easily access and navigate.  The website address is:

The public will soon see noticeable improvements along the Corridor, which includes façade and internal renovations to the Mad Anthony Brewing Co., George’s International Grocery and George’s La Baguette International Bakery, Chappell’s Coral Grill & Seafood Market (to be merged with Hartley’s restaurant), and the Metro Real Estate Building (located at Broadway and Michigan Avenue).

Blaine Stuckey, general manager of the Mad Anthony Brewing Co., announced that he plans to immediately break ground on a beer garden at the Mad Anthony.  “The partitioning for the garden will begin immediately, and it will be open throughout the winter, when weather permits.  We’ll have a reopening in the spring,” said Stuckey.  Also this spring, Mad Anthony will unveil a significant renovation of its exterior façade to coincide with similar efforts along the corridor.

Located directly to the east of the Mad Anthony Brewing Co. is George’s International Grocery and George’s La Baguette International Bakery, which will undergo similar façade updates, as well as a construction project to build upon several out lots located upon the real estate owned by Chris Rongos, co-owner of the grocery and bakery.

Directly south of the hub, at the intersection of Broadway and Michigan Avenue, Metro Real Estate owner Brian Schaper will spend over a quarter-million dollars in both façade and internal renovations to the Metro Real Estate Building located at 2042 Broadway.  Schaper also announced the relocation to the Metro Real Estate Building of DesignFactore, Inc., a company that specializes in print and creative services, including website design.  DesignFactore created the website for the Broadway Corridor, referred to above.

Gary Chappell, owner of Chappell’s Coral Grill & Seafood Market, announced an investment of over $100,000 to be put into his soon-to-be-remodeled restaurant on Broadway, which will incorporate the operation of the well-known Hartley’s currently on Fairfield.   The merger of Hartley’s into Chappell’s will allow for the best of both cuisines under one menu and one management. “I’ve been working on this merger for about eight months now, and it has resulted in a positive outcome, based in part upon the new energy coming from the private sector on Broadway, as well as with the city’s support in its designation as Broadway becoming a destination point. The city’s support and the private sector’s commitment to a reenergized Broadway results in the relocation of Hartley’s into Chappell’s on Broadway being a perfect fit.  Between Chappell’s and Hartley’s, we feel confident that we can make something unique in Fort Wayne.  We felt like by teaming ourselves together … it was a win-win situation,” said Chappell.

The meeting was attended by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, his Community Development Staff, Fifth District City Councilman Tim Pape, and all three City Council At-Large members.  “The Mayor’s Office will do anything within its power to support private industry’s momentum in improving our communities,” said Director of Community Development John Urbahns. 

In addition to expressing support for Broadway’s revitalization efforts, the Mayor used the event to announce his Community Front program that will make funds available to offset the expenses that Fort Wayne city businesses invest in façade renovations, saying the average matching amount of the grant is expected to be about $20,000 with additional assistance available for larger projects.  “In an area such as where we are today, along the Broadway corridor, business owners have come together to work as a team, identifying a vision they have for this area, and we are proud to offer support and assistance to help make the vision a reality for all involved,” said Mayor Henry.

Shine said that as the Harrison Square development continues, the increased commercial activity in the downtown Fort Wayne area will build momentum in these private sector projects.  The Broadway Corridor Project also will work with the city in placing information kiosks and neighborhood-unique light poles to assist shoppers and distinguish the community.

The Broadway Corridor Project leadership team includes: Tim Gouloff of Gouloff-Jordan Surveying; Chris Rongos of George’s International Grocery/Bakery; Brian Schaper of Metro Real Estate; Nancy Schoenle of IntraScape; Barbara Schopmann of St. Joseph Hospital; Blaine Stuckey of Mad Anthony Brewing Co.; Gary Chappell of Chappell’s Coral Grill & Seafood Market; Steve Shine of Shine & Hardin, LLP.

Members of the electronic media are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for set up purposes so that the speech may begin promptly at 12:00 p.m.

For more information contact Steven R. Shine, of Shine & Hardin, LLP, 260/745-1970.