Developer looking at plans for Headwaters Park parking lot

It's not set in stone, but a new development could go up near Headwaters Park downtown. The development has some people concerned about the future of parking there during festival season.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 10:29 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2019 8:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - This mixed-use project is still in the planning stages.

The developer from Indianapolis-based Barrett and Stokely Inc., Rex Barrett, was in Fort Wayne Tuesday to talk with organizers of various festivals and get their feedback on a possible developement, including ways to address parking needs.

"We're going to come up with a plan and we will be meeting up with them periodically. It won't have an impact on this year's festivals, certainly not before the Three Rivers Festival is over and that's if everything goes right. This is very preliminary," Barrett explained.

There is no definite timeline for this project.

The city and the developer are still talking and negotiating.

The city's Redevelopment Director released this statement to FOX 55:

“We are pleased to be in the initial phases of working with Barrett & Stokely to explore the redevelopment of City owned property at the northeast corner of East Superior and South Clinton streets,” said Nancy Townsend, redevelopment director for the City of Fort Wayne. “Barrett & Stokely recognizes that Fort Wayne is a vibrant and thriving community and represents a good investment opportunity for their firm. They have a solid reputation of developing high-quality mixed-use developments throughout the Midwest and we are happy to be working with them to determine the viability of their project.”

If it doesn't work out as planned, Barrett said he'd consider another location.

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