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New downtown development adding historical flair near Parkview Field

There will be another reason to visit downtown near Parkview Field and it's bringing life to a historic area.

Posted: Dec 7, 2019 8:03 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2019 3:13 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - More developments are happening near Parkview Field giving people more places to shop, eat, and live.

Mike Anderson and Rudy Mahara are two of the people involved in moving it forward.

"So much is happening in Fort Wayne where we use government money and tax dollars, and things like that. In this particular situation, it's just local investors who saw the ability to grab half of a block in and around the ballpark," Mike Anderson said.

The development is called Brackenridge Village.

The idea is to provide a commercial space with a historical flair.

Rudy Mahara owns Rudy's Shop, which will be a part of the development. His business is known for its wines,chocolates,and premium selection of cigars.

"We're looking at being strategic on which buildings we restore and what types of commercial establishments come in. At the corner of Baker Street where the Wood Shack was would be great for an anchor store. We're looking at potentially a wine tasting room or another local brewery. We're wanting to have a tap room there," Mahara explained.

Brackenridge village will include three streets: Fairfield Avenue, Brackenridge Street and Baker Street.

Mahara said they've already started working mostly on Baker Street and Fairfield Avenue now.

They already own 14 properties for the development.

They are still looking for tenants for the development. You can stop by Rudy's Shop at 409 W Brackenridge Street to learn more.

More work will begin when it gets warm again.

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