Mayor Tom Henry was expected to announce details at a Wednesday press conference. Hines said that incentives may be needed to promote development on the south side just as they have been used to spur growth downtown. Hines said he especially interested in attracting sit-down restaurants to the area.
The city was instrumental in attracting Menards and Wal-Mart to the former Southtown Mall site, but Hines said the city's attention to the area has waned in recent years.
City spokesman John Perlich said the area to be targeted for growth is bounded by downtown to the north, Lower Huntington and Tillman roads on the south, Hessen Cassel Road on the east and the St. Marys River and Waynedale to the west. He called the initiative the "next important step in our continued efforts to bring more retail opportunities to south Fort Wayne."