City awards collaborative group riverfront promenade project

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry awards the engineering and design contract for the riverfront promenade project on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) City officials on Wednesday awarded a contract for the engineering and design of the planned promenade that will serve as the focal point of the downtown riverfront development.

Renderings of the Promenade

Backed by a slew of officials inside Citizens Square on Wednesday, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry awarded the high-profile project to Riverworks Design Group, a collaborative enterprise between Fort Wayne-based Design Collaborative, Hoch Associates, Engineering Resources and regional firms Forum Studio and American Structurepoint.

“I’m encouraged by the progress we’re making with our collective efforts to develop the riverfront,” said Henry. “This next step in the process is important as we build on the excitement and momentum being generated by innovative projects in the City of Fort Wayne. It’s great to have the best local and national talent working on this unique opportunity along our riverfront.”

A final contract with Riverworks will be finalized in the next month and presented to City Council for final approval.

The city has established an $8 million construction budget for the promenade, which will feature a riverwalk space on the north and south ends of the St. Marys River between the Wells Street Bridge and Headwaters Park West. The area will be the hub of the city’s riverfront development in the downtown area, meshing nature, recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment, the city has said.

City Council earlier this year earmarked $6 million in Legacy funds for riverfront development work over the next two years. Riverworks will be paid through at least a portion of those funds, the city said, but its final charge will be determined in its final contract.

The project’s timeline will also be determined later, the city said.

The city requested designs for the promenade in July, and said then that it hoped to award a contract in October.

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