Leo-Cedarville receives streetscape enhancement funds as part of
New Allen’s Stellar Communities Program

Town of Leo-Cedarville, IN, (March 3, 2020) – The Town of Leo-Cedarville has been awarded $750,000 in
funding by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) through the Stellar Communities
Program. This project is a component of NewAllen’s East Allen Rural Revival Regional Development Plan,
which led to being named a Stellar Communities Designee in 2018.
“I’d like to recognize the significant long-term planning that went into making this project viable and
applaud the collective efforts of those that spent countless hours on behalf of the citizens and business
community of the Town of Leo-Cedarville,” said John Eastes, Leo-Cedarville’s Council President.
The streetscape revitalization project is located in the heart of the downtown area and includes twoblocks
of Center Street from Hosler Road to Walnut Street. These improvements will provide the
community with a pedestrian friendly streetscape environment, which will increase public awareness,
safety and interest in adjoining businesses. Project elements include: ADA compliant ramps and
complete sidewalks, repaved streets with crosswalks and regulatory signage, new thematic lighting to
improve visibility and warmth, planter boxes with greenery to offer beautification and uninterrupted
sightlines, drainage upgrades to prevent flooding and erosion of streets and walkways and a downtown
gathering place. The total estimated project cost is $1,178,772, which includes $750,000 of OCRA funds
and $428,772 in local match funding.
“This project, along with others planned for this region, will provide an avenue for wellness initiatives,
stronger connections to local businesses and a better quality of place for the downtown,” said Jodi
Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “The NewAllen Alliance has been a great partner with OCRA since
their designation in 2018.”
Property owners along the project boundaries will be invited to an informational meeting this coming
spring and will be kept informed throughout the project. Construction is anticipated to begin late
spring/early summer and be completed by the fall of this year.
East Allen’s Rural Revival Plan brings together the seven communities of Harlan, Hoagland, Grabill, Leo-
Cedarville, Monroeville, New Haven, and Woodburn under one bold vision – to connect communities
through improved quality of place. The plan, totaling $65 million, focuses on downtowns, parks,
sidewalks, trails, housing and community health. Leo-Cedarville’s Streetscape Project is a complement
to similar streetscape improvements being planned for Grabill in 2021. An additional complimentary
project is the Cedar Creek Parks Trail from Allen County’s Metea Park through Leo-Cedarville and Grabill
up to Hurshtown Reservoir planned for the 2021-2023 timeframe.
“The focus on our downtown infrastructure in the communities of East Allen is so important at the same
time Fort Wayne is focusing on their core,” said Kent Castleman, President of the NewAllen Alliance.
“We are excited to help make all our downtowns centers of commerce and a destination for residents
and visitors to the region.”

This project wouldn’t be possible without the following partnerships: the State of Indiana, NewAllen
Alliance, Engineering Resources, Inc., Sturtz Public Management Group, LLC, Northeastern Indiana
Regional Coordinating Council, and the Leo-Cedarville Foundation.
The district is served by State Senator, Dennis Kruse and House Representative, Dave Heine.
Launched in 2011, the Stellar Communities Program is a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment
initiative led by OCRA. The program works with self-selected regions on their vision for community and
economic development, promotes local and regional partnerships and assists in implementing
innovative solutions to challenges facing Indiana’s rural communities. Funding for the program
originates from the Community Development Block Grant program from the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development.
Patrick Proctor, Leo-Cedarville Town Manager, 260-452-9093
Kristi Sturtz, NewAllen Rural Liaison, 260-433-9366
More Project Information:


The Leo-Cedarville Town Council held a special meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to discuss possible annexation.

Proposed Annexation Map


On October 22, 2019 the Town accepted a Community Crossings Grant check from INDOT.
This money will help fund repairs to Hosler Road and Buelah Drive in Leo-Cedarville.