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Historic building becomes a part of the riverfront project

Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission approved the temporary relocation if the former Cambray and Associates building on South Harrison Street.

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 11:06 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A building that's over 100 years old in Fort Wayne is getting a second chance at life thanks to a local business owner.

However, the building will not remain where it currently stands. 

Right now, it's located at 312 South Harrison Street and will be temporarily placed across the street, until it's time to move it to 124 West Superior Street as it's permanent location.

The Fort Wayne Park Board sold the building to the hall family last month, which saved the building from demolition.

Cambray and Associates building on Harrison Street hasn't had much activity since the 1980's, but someone saw another purpose for it, and that vision aligned with the cities riverfront project.

"We're so encouraged by Hall's interest in doing this and the fact that they understand the value of river front and the investments being made there,"Director of Redevelopement Nancy Townsend said.

Once the Smurfit building was demolished this building was next in line, but it would have cost money to get rid of it, so the Hall's bought it for a little over $2,500.

"Obviously there would have been a public cost to demolishing the building as a part of the Promenade construction, but to save a building that has an important part of our history, and relocate it on Harrison Street, which is a corridor as we identified more than a decade ago as the street that would help our downtown grow and prosper, makes it an even better story," she added.

Creager Smith who is the Historic Preservation Planner for Fort Wayne is excited about seeing how this building will be brought back to life.

"It is interesting to see a brick building moved. it's neat to look at. the engineering and the process of what they are doing to the building and yet it will retain it's historic integrity," Smith said.

It will take about three weeks to prepare the building, but only 15 minutes to move it across the street.

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