We’re going to replant a pocket garden at the north end of South Wayne, remove some bushes at the pillars and edge some pocket gardens. Bring a friend and a spade and gloves and maybe a little water to drink.
We’ll meet at the Roundabout at 1PM Sunday and split into squads from there. We hope to see you!
I have 100 trees to give away on Dirt Day. These were graciously donated to our neighborhood by our State Representative, Phil GiaQuinta. Thank you so much, Phil, for keeping Southwood Park green.
I have Red Oak, Pecan, Black Walnut, and River Birch. These are healthy 3′ bare root whips that should be planted ASAP.
Look for me (and the trees in the back of my l.blue Beetle) at the Dirt Day sites. If you miss me at those, please stop by my home, 1321 Sunset Drive, to pick up your tree. Tel. 456-7468
Dirt Day is May 1.
We will have quality tri-mix soil at three locations for residents to use in their pots, boxes and gardens at the following locations: Lexington at Beaver; South Wayne at Maple Grove; and Crestwood at Sunset. Rain date is May 8.
Don’t be a “Dirt Hog”. Take your fair share, but be considerate and give everyone a chance to get theirs, too!
Taylor University officials invited neighborhood leaders to an “early release” news event at Brown Gables at noon today. The public press release was given at 2PM, and follows:
Leona LLC Signs Letter of Intent Toward Purchase of Former TUFW Campus
Officials from Taylor University and The Leona Group LLC have announced that Taylor and Leona have signed a letter of intent which could lead to the eventual sale of the former Taylor University Fort Wayne (TUFW) campus at 1025 West Rudisill Blvd.
While the agreement between Taylor and Leona is preliminary in nature, the desired result would be an educational partnership utilizing the property and buildings on Rudisill’s south side. In the coming weeks, Leona officials will work to identify education-related businesses and services to partner with them. This process will include interaction with local government and economic development specialists, as well as representatives of the surrounding neighborhood associations, as the project begins to take shape.
The possible sale does not include the WBCL studio, the Fort Wayne Alumni and Friends Resource Center or the buildings on the north side of Rudisill.
Leona, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., operates the Timothy L. Johnson School on Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne, as well 71 charter schools throughout the United States.
Taylor officials said the sale, if completed, would result in continued education-related use of the property, which prior to becoming Taylor University Fort Wayne in 1992 was Summit Christian College and Fort Wayne Bible College.
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Thanks to Alumni Center Director Michael Mortensen for the release.
In the early Q & A session, Taylor and Leona officials suggested the campus could be a boarding school, taking advantage of the dorms and food services facilities on the property. One answer suggested it could be a residential campus for foreign students. Leona may also sub-lease office space to “education-based” businesses.
The buildings on the historic core of campus on the north side of Rudisill are not included, nor is the WBCL office, Brown Gables and the future Alumni Resource Center.
The Leona Group was founded by former FWCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Coats. The Leona Group runs sixty charter schools, including one in Indiana, the Timothy Johnson Academy on South Anthony Boulevard.
Naturally, there are many questions. There may be meetings to share more information in the near future, and when we can reliably update the information, we will.
Steve McCord and Pat Thomson