Riverfront development planners ask for $10M in Legacy funds

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Riverfront development advocates will ask for $10 million in Legacy funds for the construction investment for the first phase of riverfront development.

Photos of the river front development.
Photos of the proposed riverfront development.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced the plan on Monday along the Wells Street Bridge, which will serve as the eventual connection between the south and north sides of the riverfront development. The project will include a promenade, park pavilion, event lawn, entry plaza with sculpture/signage, urban bioswale, educational water feature, urban streetscape, central plaza, urban riverfront terraces, elevated boardwalk, dock, interactive sculpture, and children’s play area, the city said.

The first phase – ideally funded with Legacy dollars – will focus on the public spaces.

“This request demonstrates our commitment to making Fort Wayne’s riverfront a world-class development and positions us to be considered for financial contributions from other organizations,” said Henry. “Riverfront development is critical to the current and future success of our City and region. We must continue to emphasize quality of place amenities to attract and retain talent and businesses and make Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana a point of destination to invest in.”

The projected construction investment is $20 million. The development could call on Regional Cities dollars and private donations to complement the new Legacy request, the city said Monday.

The Legacy Joint Funding Committee will review the request Wednesday at Citizens Square. From there, the ask would go to City Council on Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, with a possible final vote on Dec. 13.

The city anticipates construction to begin in in 2017 with completion in 2018.