FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A number of months after neighbors gathered to cease the demolition of an old style constructing, their efforts paid off. The superintendent of Fort Wayne Neighborhood Faculties revealed Wednesday that the previous L.C. Ward Training Middle can be transferred to Neighborhood Well being.
Neighborhood leaders and neighbors of the varsity gathered to listen to Dr. Mark Daniel’s announcement. If all goes to plan, the change in possession will occur for gratis. The choice made saves the varsity system greater than $200,000 in demolition prices.
“It’s an superior strategy to begin the yr… to deliver hope, to deliver wellness, to deliver schooling, to deliver alternatives,” Diane Rogers informed WANE 15 after the announcement.
Rogers was one in every of a number of individuals who gathered on the entrance steps of the varsity again in August, holding indicators and chanting, in an effort to put it aside from the wrecking ball.
FWCS hasn’t utilized the constructing for greater than three years. FWCS board chair Julie Hollingsworth defined at Wednesday’s announcement, due to Indiana state legislation, the constructing couldn’t be turned over till two years had handed.
“We linked, Rogers added. “Our vitality linked with the identical message: we are not looking for this constructing tore down.”
One other one that performed a key position was Donita Mudd. She talked with WANE 15 at the August event after she found there was a demolition discover had been printed.
“Discuss to individuals, write letters, ship emails, ensure that your group is aware of, as a result of lots of people didn’t know that it was up for demolition,” Mudd mentioned of others in the neighborhood who discover themselves in the identical spot. “In the event you can’t get an increase out of them, go to the subsequent group of individuals. And if mandatory, like we did, we had some individuals come out right here, we held indicators, we known as you guys to come back out and let town know what’s occurring and certain someplace in that course of, this group, Neighborhood Well being Clinic, noticed that they might make use of it.”
Neighborhood Well being has deliberate to show the area into to offer well being, dental and imaginative and prescient providers to the encompassing group.
“Among the individuals within the neighborhood are private mates, and I feel that it’s going to be thrilling to have our providers nearer to the place most of our sufferers reside,” Angle Zaegel, the CEO of Neighborhood Well being mentioned.
“The whole lot they’ve deliberate is concept, nice, we’d like it,” Mudd added.
Zaegel informed WANE 15 Neighborhood Well being hopes to be within the constructing’s floor stage by the tip of the yr, with a long-term plan that finds use for the second ground past that timeframe.