'Harry Baals Government Center' unlikely

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Officials in Fort Wayne, Ind., said their new government center will "probably not" be named after former Mayor Harry Baals, despite support in an online poll.

Fort Wayne Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said the building will "probably not" be named the Harry Baals Government Center after the city's longest-serving mayor, the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette reported Wednesday.


"We love Fort Wayne, too," she said. "We're not going to make any decisions that look bad."

Malloy said Baals, who died in May 1954, was a popular mayor, but officials fear putting his name on the building could cause embarrassment due to the sound of the moniker.

Baals' name had gathered 6,792 votes as of Wednesday on the city's Web site,, far ahead of the nearest competitor, The Anthony Wayne Government Center, which had only 408 votes.

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