Columbia City gets boost for downtown

Published on 4/29/2014


The Columbia City town square is about 30 miles away from Wells Street in Fort Wayne. But when it comes to rejuvenating business districts, businesses in both areas are traveling the same path.

Columbia City was recently approved for Indiana Main Street, a program designed to help breathe new life into business districts. It’s modeled after a federal program initiated when Jimmy Carter was president. A portion of Wells Street was designed as an Indiana Main Street participant about three years ago.

Since 1980, more than 1,600 communities nationwide and more than 100 in Indiana have been working to save historic buildings and revive central business districts, according to state officials and those at the National Main Street Center, an office in Chicago.

In April, Columbia City was designated as part of the Main Street Program, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. While plans are in the early stages, Mayor Ryan Daniel and other officials have targeted a nearly one-block area west of the town square for possible revitalization.

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