A team from the city of brotherly love will be making their way to the summit city to work on riverfront development.
The City of Fort Wayne announced a team has been selected to design and begin implementation of phase II and III of riverfront Fort Wayne. These phases will focus on preparations for public and private investment within the downtown riverfront area.
David Rubin Land Collective out of Philadelphia will lead the team of landscape architects, architects, urban designers, engineers and economists. The city said this firm has completed, or is working on, riverfront design work in Allentown, PA; Bala Cynwyd, PA; Muncie, IN; and Indianapolis.
The city said the work will complement Promenade Park and private investment projects taking place along Superior Street. The work will include:
Creation of a Riverfront Fort Wayne area master plan. The master plan will pick up where past Riverfront efforts ended by developing in detail the design elements that will help attract and support private investment. The master plan will include a market analysis that will determine the types of retail, commercial and residential development that can be supported locally and it will further define the character of the Riverfront Fort Wayne area. The consultant team will determine design guidelines and zoning recommendations, as well as recommendations for ensuring the business sector connects seamlessly with public spaces, nearby neighborhoods and downtown.
Infrastructure Plan. The work will evaluate what changes to infrastructure (such as streets, sewers, and flood/wetland protection measures) are needed to support new development.
Riverbank public space improvements. This will include the design and preparation of construction documents for the riverbank on the north and south sides of the St. Marys River, between Ewing and Wells streets and Harrison and Clinton streets.
“Our community and region continue to support the Riverfront Fort Wayne efforts. Everyone involved with riverfront development appreciates the public’s interest and excitement,” Mayor Tom Henry said. “We’re committed to building world-class amenities along the riverfront as we continue to work together to make Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana a point of destination to live, work and play. Being in position for the next phases speaks to the importance of why we’re always moving to make unique and innovative progress for residents, visitors and businesses.”
The contract is set to go in front of city council on August 14. If approved, work will begin immediately. Construction on the public spaces along the riverbank is expected to begin in late 2019 or early 2020.