Downtown Fort Wayne

Upcoming Events
1:29 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Join WBOI for Issues & Ales on March 26th!

Join WBOI's Sean Bueter and Virginia Alvino for Issues & Ales on Thursday, March 26th!  It's a fun, laid-back event that features panels of experts and community leaders discussing important issues in our region.

The first hour will focus on Downtown Development and Downtown Living. We'll look at the critical mass of residential and commercial development projects, discuss the challenges, benefits and future of living downtown, and look at how these projects originated.

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Downtown Fort Wayne
3:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

GE to Demolish Office Building on Broadway Campus

General Electric announced Friday it will be demolishing an office building on its Downtown Fort Wayne campus.
Credit Katy Anderson / WBOI News

General Electric announced Friday it will demolish one of the buildings on its historic campus near Downtown Fort Wayne.

The structure GE wants to tear down is the office building on the east side of Broadway close to McCulloch Park.

GE spokesman Matt Conkrite said the building was gutted last year because of mold and water damage. In the cleaning process, some of the brickwork was compromised, though the building remains safe.

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News
6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Three Rivers: Recreation

Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot crew unpack a new tandem kayak.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne’s Rivergreenway trail system is drawing an increasing number of  people down to the riverside. But there may also be more folks than ever getting up close and personal with the water. We continue our series The Three Rivers with a look at opportunities for  river recreation, and who’s participating. 

In their winter boots, with snow on the ground, the Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike  Depot crew is unloading dozens of new kayaks. 

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News
5:45 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Henry Applauds Momentum in State of the City Address

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his State of the City Address Wednesday at the Grand Wayne Center.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his 2015 State of the City address Wednesday.

Henry praised the economic development Fort Wayne saw in 2014 – $166 million in private investment, and more than 1,000 new jobs. He also touted progress on downtown projects like the Ash Brokerage headquarters and the recently announced Cityscape Flats.

Last year also brought infrastructure improvements for neighborhoods and utilities systems, with another $20 million investment slated for this year.

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News
4:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Ash Project Incurs Additional Cost

Artist's rendering of the Ash Brokerage development, currently under construction in downtown Fort Wayne.
Credit City of Fort Wayne

The mixed-use Ash Brokerage project in downtown Fort Wayne is getting a little more expensive.

A new $170,000 dollar wall has to be built in the city-funded parking garage. The city says that’s because a change in residential developers will alter construction plans.

The project’s previous housing partner planned on building an additional parking garage for residents, directly adjacent to the Ash garage.

Justin Brugger is Director of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission. He says the city is currently reviewing proposals from three new potential developers.

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News
3:26 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Housing Planned for Downtown Fort Wayne

Cityscape Flats rendering.
City of Fort Wayne

Another residential development is slated to begin construction in downtown Fort Wayne this year. The announcement was made Thursday. 

$20 million in private investment will be met with up to $7 million from the City of Fort Wayne to develop Cityscape Flats. The project includes apartments, row houses, and a parking garage across from Parkview Field downtown.

The City signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the plan with Indianapolis-based Domo Development, that’s scheduled to be formally approved next week.

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Downtown Fort Wayne
5:43 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

City Announces Progress on Developing "The Landing"

An artist rendering of The Landing on Columbia Street in Downtwon Fort Wayne.
Courtesy City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne is making progress in redeveloping an historic group of downtown buildings.

Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday the city has worked with the Downtown Development Trust and other organizations to buy seven buildings and two parking lots in the Columbia Street area, called “The Landing.”

Henry says the acquisitions will allow the city to attract a developer.

The ultimate aim is to create mixed-use residential and commercial spaces, which will help Fort Wayne meet what he calls “the high-demand for downtown housing.”

News
4:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Ash Skyline Construction Will Continue Through Winter

Rendering of the Ash Skyline project.
Credit City of Fort Wayne

Construction on the new Ash Skyline project in downtown Fort Wayne is on  schedule and will continue throughout the winter. 

Right now it’s a giant hole in the ground – and they’re not done digging yet. 

The future site of a mixed-use development downtown takes up nearly an entire  city block, with work on the city-funded underground parking garage is still  underway.  

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Fright Night
4:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers Bring New Paranormal Activity to Fright Night 2014

The Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are hosting two events this Saturday, in celebration of Fort Wayne's Fright Night.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers

You'd better beware! Fright Night is lurking on Fort Wayne’s horizon, and this year, the Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are conjuring up a spooktacular pair of events to add to the annual fun.

Tina Lano, Jackie Hicks and Cheryl Ferguson – the organization's founding “ParaSisters” – will start at the Grand Wayne Center with their monthly Paranormal Pow Wow.

Then, at sundown, they’ll conduct tours of the “Haunted Wells Street Corridor” just north of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

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Downtown Fort Wayne
3:31 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Hanning & Bean Pulls Out of Ash Brokerage Project

An artist's rendering of the Ash Brokerage project in Downtown Fort Wayne. City officials announced developer Hanning & Bean pulled out of the project Thursday.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has announced that a key partner in the nearly $100 million Ash Brokerage development downtown has pulled out of the project, leaving the building’s residential component without a developer.

The news came Thursday that Hanning & Bean Enterprises removed itself from the Ash project. The developer was in charge of the Skyline Terrace, a 17-story residential component comprising apartments, townhomes and condos.

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