Staff Writer

City officials broke ground Tuesday on the long awaited Madison Street Plaza project. More than $70,000 was donated through a crowd funding program, Patronicity. The Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority matched those funds with $50,000. After receiving only one bid for the project — a bid of some $784,00, well above the engineer’s estimate of $550,000 — city officials made some changes in the project, bringing the cost down to $700,000 and voted to move forward, with Primco of Fort Wayne the chief contractor. As it stands now, the plaza won’t be done in time for some of the earlier festivals scheduled next year, but should be completed well before summer is over. Pictured, from left, holding the ceremonial groundbreaking shovels are Head of Design Committee Tony Murray, JPR engineer Kevin McCrory, City Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert and Mayor Ken Meyer.

Photo by Ashley Bailey