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Eight downtown homes may soon regain their former glory – a rebirth officials hope will stem blight and attract even more residents back to the central city.
The Fort Wayne Housing and Neighborhood Services Board Tuesday agreed to buy houses on West Jefferson Boulevard, Broadway and Wilt, Jackson, Fulton and West Berry streets for a total of about $402,000, to come from a federal grant. The city is expected to seek proposals from developers within 90 days, and renovation could begin this spring or summer, according to Deputy Director of Housing and Neighborhood Services Heather Presley-Cowen.
The public is invited to share their vision for Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfront at two public input meetings.
Both meetings will take place at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in the auditorium.
*Wednesday, March 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., with a presentation at 5:45 p.m.
*Thursday, March 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with a presentation at 11:15 a.m.
“Public input is critical to the success of our riverfront study,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “This is everyone’s riverfront and the final designs need to reflect the hopes and dreams of our entire community.”
In November 2013, the City contracted with SWA Group to conduct the Riverfront Study, which is the first comprehensive look at enhancing the use of our City’s rivers; it is intended to provide the road map to a world class investment.
During the public input meetings, SWA will provide an overview of the data collected and preliminary development concepts. The consulting team will then listen to citizens’ vision for the downtown riverfront; the team will use this input to create designs and implementation strategies.
SWA Group, an urban planning, design and landscape architecture firm working worldwide from seven locations, is the lead consultant on the study. They have extensive expertise in riverfront development in the U.S. and around the world. SWA’s team includes Fort Wayne-based MKM Architecture + Design; Market Feasibility Advisors; Biohabitats; Moffatt & Nichol; Empower Results; and AMEC.
Presley-Cowen said she couldn’t name any specific buildings, but she said we’ll see at least a few new developments proposed in 2014, and if you see a “for sale” sign on a building downtown, that means contractors are looking at it as a potential living space.
RealAmerica kick-started the process last week by snatching up two buildings on West Superior Street it hopes to convert to more housing options. An old box company at the northwest corner of Superior and Calhoun will be a four-story apartment building, with 66 apartments on floors two through four and commercial space on the main floor.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Sometimes that’s just a feel-good platitude. When it comes to Mayor Tom Henry’s late-2012 proposal to move the state of Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne to the Allen County Courthouse, however, the apparent defeat has turned into a victory for the dated downtown park that has been Wayne’s home since the early 1970s.
When the Courthouse Preservation Trust changed Henry’s mind last August by pledging to spruce up the statue’s surroundings in Freimann Square, it was a mixed blessing for Parks Director Al Moll. The new lighting and landscaping would dramatically improve the look of the park’s southwestern corner, but would leave the rest looking like it was stuck in a 1970s time warp.
So, thanks to the decision to keep Wayne and his horse where they are, the rest of Freimann Square will be getting what may turn out to be the biggest cosmetic makeover in its 41-year history.
“We thought, ‘the area around the statue is going to look so go, we’d better do the rest,” said Moll, whose department will spend the next three to five years modernizing and beautifying the portion not included in the Wayne project.
Exchanging the original benches for more a more contemporary and durable model will come first – a deceptively challenging mission, since each of the 80 or so benches will cost about $1,800 to replace. But, depending on available funding, the project could be far more extensive.
“We’re going to look at the design of the whole park,” Moll said, noting that landscaping could be changed and the restrooms upgraded or replaced.
And the good news is that, like the statue’s surroundings, the improvements will be funded with mostly private dollars. Although the Downtown
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