FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Local residents got the chance to weigh-in on a 10-year plan to transform the city of Fort Wayne.
Eric Doden, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., gave a presentation about five key projects, which was followed by a question and answer session.
The ambitious plan was unveiled in May. It includes building downtown arena, the landing, riverfront development, the GE campus and STEAM park.
The projects would cost the city roughly $645 million dollars. It would be a bold move by the city, but Doden said now is the time to do it.
“I think a lot of things are just a choice,” he said. “You’ve got to choose to move fast, you’ve got to choose to be efficient, you’ve got to choose to make decisions.”
This plan is expected to generate $3.5 billion in private investment over the next 15 to 20 years.
“We know that when people make bold investments that has driven a lot of bold investments in their community,” he said.
Some agree that it risky but said it is worth the risk.
“I mean it’s pretty risky but I’m also a risk-taker myself,” said Trey Calver. “I’d rather go for it and see if we can pull it off. It’s better than sitting back and hoping something happens.”
Others are looking for ways to get involved in helping to move the project forward. Doden says he’s glad to have so many people excited about the future of Fort Wayne.
“We’re the sales force for Allen County,” he said.”When the community is excited about the community, we get excited about going out and selling it.”
The organization is still working on how the projects will be funded. Doden said over the next few months they will come up with a plan to present to city council.