Downtown Fort Wayne


The City of Fort Wayne is exploring the possibility of installing a bike sharing system downtown and along the rivers.  

B-cycle is a company that makes bikes available to rent in 41 cities across the U.S.

The system is part of the sharing economy, like Uber or Air BnB. Here’s how it works – sign up online, choose a bike from a public station, get on, and ride. 

Daily or monthly passes are available, or in some cities you can pay as you go.

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The results are in from a study commissioned by the City of Fort Wayne  examining the viability of building an arena downtown.  The findings were released Wednesday. 

The City of Fort Wayne invested nearly $40,000 in the study of a  potential sports and entertainment arena downtown. 

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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced some financial progress on riverfront development Thursday. 

Henry says he’s hopeful that a $6 million request of Legacy money will quickly be approved by the Legacy Committee and City Council.

Marvin Mikesell / WBOI

On March 26th, WBOI held the latest edition of its popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne.

The series, held a few times per year, aims to bring community leaders and residents together for a discussion of important issues in a relaxed environment over dinner and drinks. The audience is invited to submit questions, making the event interactive, entertaining, and informative.

Join WBOI for Issues & Ales on March 26th!

Mar 10, 2015

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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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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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. 

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.

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.

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.