Phase one of Fort Wayne’s riverfront development is one step closer to being funded.
The Legacy Joint Funding Committee approved $6 million for the project Wednesday. That money will join $3 million from the Community Foundation, and another $3 million from the Capital Improvement board to be used over the next two years.
A key element of the first phase of development is property acquisition. But City officials say the first steps will be to care for the vegetation along the river banks, and to complete a comprehensive environmental study.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced a proposal today to help renovate the University of Saint Francis’ downtown campus. The proposal would be paid for with the City’s Legacy Funds.
Henry says Fort Wayne is a center of education, and the city should capitalize on that benefit. He says "a lot of people don't realize that we have truly a college town. We have over 30,000 college students in this city."
USF plans to further renovate the Scottish Rite Facility on Berry Street, which is now their Performing Arts Center.