FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – In the spirit of settling the Wild West Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says he will give away land to entice a sit down restaurant chain to build on the former Southtown Mall land. “We’ve decided there are pieces of property out along Highway 27 that the city owns and we are willing to bring that to the table as part of the negotiation for a good reputable sit down restaurant,” said Henry.
Henry hopes the land offer and possible tax abatements will appeal to an Applebee’s, Friday’s or other franchise.
The residents NewsChannel 15 spoke with say that’s exactly what’s needed on this side of town.
Free land will not be made available to big box retail that may want to join Walmart or Menard’s in the neighborhood.
Lots along US 27 are priced at about $300,000 each. Some citizens think the offer is a smart move.
“Well they’re not being developed now and if that would help encourage people that would be a great idea,” said Mary Lou Schwiager, a longtime resident.