The City of Fort Wayne asked and its residents answered – nearly 2,600 people responded to a survey about what they’d like to see in the future of downtown riverfront development.
Recreational uses, both on and next to the river, had the most positive responses from the survey – followed by natural habitats and simply interesting places to sit. Mixed use development was close behind.
People weren’t as interested in housing and winter activities on the river, however.
Fort Wayne’s future now has a storefront. City residents will be able to learn about and offer input on community projects in person. Mayor Tom Henry officially opened the Envision Fort Wayne Center on Monday.
The center, located at 916 South Calhoun Street, currently features displays and information about riverfront development and the Downtown Fort Wayne Plan. It’s designed to be an open house of sorts – a space open for the public to engage with city government, planners, architects and artists.
The City of Fort Wayne is taking public input on its riverfront development study. The study is a comprehensive look at the City’s rivers and surrounding land, and intended to guide future investment and development for the downtown riverfront. The city’s first public input meeting was held Thursday.
It was standing room only at the meeting. Many attendees wanted to know more about recreational and retail opportunities on the river.