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.
The confluence of the three rivers around which Fort Wayne was founded have been pivotal to the success of the city since its founding.
But after decades in which the riverfronts were often taken for granted, there's new life -- and new momentum -- toward developing those spaces, particularly in Downtown Fort Wayne.
On March 26th, WBOI held the latest in its popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix. The events are meant to bring community leaders and listeners together for a relaxed discussion over dinner and drinks.
The summit Wednesday brought together many federal agencies, county officials, NGO’s, and agricultural representatives. Dan Wire is the Director of the Tri-State Watershed Alliance, which organized the summit. He says getting all these stakeholders together is a rare event.
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.
Fort Wayne has some grand plans for riverfront development. The City says the first step is to work on riparian buffers – specific areas of plants and soil along the river banks. This land, along with other rocky areas that separate the city from the water, create levees.
But not a lot is known about how to comprehensively improve the levees and environment along the rivers - yet.
There are some large-scale sources of water pollution in Northeast Indiana, but what we all do at home can make a big impact, too. We continue our series “The Three Rivers” with a look at what precautions every resident of Fort Wayne can take to reduce water pollution.
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.