In 2015 the FWUEA, along with the City of Fort Wayne's Board of Public Works, replaced with sidewalk along the east side of South Anthony Boulevard from Creighton Street north to the railroad overpass. The project also included replacement of the lighting with energy efficient LED fixtures along the sidewalks under the railroad overpass. The UEA's portion of the project was $51,000 in 2015 for these improvements along South Anthony Boulevard.
In 2016 the FWUEA finished the project and invested $9,000 to replace the old lighting fixtures along the drive lanes. The UEA provided the funds to purchase the materials and the City of Fort Wayne provided the installation labor.
Also in 2016, the UEA invested $20,000 upgrading the lighting at the grade crossings on Fletcher Avenue and Lumbard Street and under the railroad overpass on South Hanna Street between Hayden Street and Creighton Avenue. Both projects made tremendous improvements to the appearance and safety of the underpass and crossings. Once again, the FWUEA partnered with the City of Fort Wayne with the FWUEA purchasing the materials and the City of Fort Wayne furnishing the labor. Below are before and after photos of the Hanna Street project.
The UEA assists with the removal of graffiti within the boundaries of the Enterprise Zone. Since 1992, the UEA has granted more than $200,000 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.
Since 2014 the FWUEA has invested funds in the Great Tree Canopy Comeback program. Created in 2002, the program 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 FWUEA provides a matching grant to Friends of the Parks to purchase trees for planting in parks located within the Fort Wayne Enterprise Zone and service delivery area boundaries. In 2016, 60 trees were planted in Weisser and McCormick parks.