Fort Wayne officials discuss phases two and three of the Riverfront project

Fort Wayne officials are holding a series of educational meetings to tell the public what's next and answer any questions they have about the next steps of the Riverfront development.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 9:39 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2020 10:32 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The public got to see what’s ahead for the Riverfront development downtown on Monday night and it has people excited about the future.

Mark Jones, a Fort Wayne resident said, "I’m very excited to see what’s coming."

He and others who attended the meeting were listening to how developers are turning from the completion of the park in phase one and looking downstream to phases two and three.

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The plan for phase two includes more public spaces down along the river and an expansion of the tree canopy trail.

"I was in awe of that," Jones said. "When I went up on the trail for the first time and saw the views from the trail, so an extension of that would be really great."

Stacy Haviland is a Community Development Manager with Fort Wayne, she says getting people down by the river both in the summer and winter is a constant goal of the riverfront project.

"That’s the whole intent of this, to be able to open up the river to everybody. Those get down areas do allow people to come down and access the river that way," Haviland said.

The project isn’t without issues, it will have to solve problems with parking as private development comes in along the river.

Haviland explained, "Some of the spaces we use now for parking, that will be taken up by other construction, so we’re going to have to find new places to park, essentially."

Part of that solution is to use the site of the old Rescue Mission and part of the North River property for temporary parking.

Phases two and three still have time until groundbreaking.

Renderings are still being completed, along with other steps that need to be taken and construction won’t start until early 2021, but people are eager to see how the project is developing.

Jones said, "I grew up here, I knew what downtown looked like in the 70s and this is not the same downtown."

Haviland said, "I think that excitement will last a while longer."

If you want more information about the Riverfront development project, click here. 

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