Harrison Project Good for One, Good for All

By Megan Trent

September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 6:19 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Downtown Fort Wayne business owners are optimistic about the impact the Harrison Project could have on their own businesses.

With the addition of 42 new apartments, offices, and retail space, owners say the Harrison will translate into more customers walking through their doors.

Sales are typically strongest on weekends, during lunch breaks, and during sporting events. However, owners say more residential properties downtown will encourage steadier business all day long.

Other owners say a finalized agreement is a welcomed bit of relief in difficult economic times. Emily Underwood is the Co-owner and Chef at Dash-In. She says, "We all love of our city and we want to see it thrive and survive. To see people putting in money and things moving forward, it really just gives everybody a better sense of hope that we're going to make it through this and everything's going to come out better on the other end."

Many business owners saw the positive impact Parkview Field had on their establishments, and are now hoping for similar results with the Harrison.

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