Officials open downtown storefront to collect riverfront ideas


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - All you visionaries out there, city leaders in Fort Wayne want to hear from you.  So much so they’ve added something new downtown so they can collect your ideas on riverfront development.  It’s a storefront near the intersection of Calhoun and Wayne Street, and it’s called Envision Fort Wayne.

Officials have been talking about riverfront development for quite some time.  They’ve already hired on a consulting firm which just started studying our three rivers.  Not only do they want to hear from the professionals, but they want to hear your thoughts and ideas too.

Envision Fort Wayne is more than just a storefront downtown.

“Ideas and the thoughts and the comments about how we can make our rivers an asset to this city,” Mayor Tom Henry said.

A place where you can give your two cents.

People can learn about it, provide comments, can interact with staff in a totally different way. They can be walking down the street and just pop in,” City of Fort Wayne Planning and Policy Pam Holocher explained.

They’ve committed to making our rivers better.  City council approved $500,000 of Legacy Funds to go towards a riverfront development study.  Now, Fort Wayne just received a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.  That will cover about a year’s worth of operations so you can have a more personal way to ask questions and share your ideas.

“We’re trying to be a very inclusive city. One that is very transparent. We want our citizens to get involved in the decision-making process,” Mayor Henry said.

Ways you can submit your ideas and opinions:

  • Stop by Envision Fort Wayne’s office (916 S. Calhoun Street) Tuesdays 2-6 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Fridays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Additional hours can be requested by emailing RiverfrontFW@CityofFortWayne.org
  • Go to their website - http://www.riverfrontfw.org/
  • City of Fort Wayne’s Facebook page
  • Or send a tweet to @CityofFortWayne

“This will allow them to draw their ideas, post their ideas, tell us what they like and don’t like, and they can learn,” Holocher said.

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