The Harrison Gets its Formal Start

By Max Resnik

January 31, 2012 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Community and business leaders marked the official beginning of construction on the long awaited project The Harrison.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (D) said Tuesday’s celebration represents three major accomplishments for the Summit City: The completion of financing on The Harrison, the official start of construction and the campaign to market the 44 upscale apartments that will be one part of The Harrison.

“It symbolizes the culmination of a downtown dream we all share: The dream of bringing new jobs, new residents, new businesses and new economic growth for the center of our city.”

In addition to the 44 upscale apartments, the $18.5 million project will also be the home to the law offices of Carson Boxberger, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union and O’Reilly’s Irish Bar.

Henry acknowledged that many of his constituents have grown tired of the delayed project but said the City of Fort Wayne is resilient and will soon reap the benefits of The Harrison.

“A lot of people lost faith in their downtown. Fort Wayne is a resilient community. They know that our downtown was the heart of our city. They believed in us. They allowed us the time. They had patience for us to rebuild and revitalize our downtown.”

Henry says the recent announcement for renovations at The Indiana Hotel and the construction of condominiums at the Anthony Wayne Building will add to the effort to revitalize downtown Fort Wayne.

While Tuesday marked the official kick off, construction has been underway for weeks on West Jefferson Boulevard. Mark Hagerman, CEO of the Hagerman Group who is overseeing the construction of The Harrison, says they are pleased with the progress they have made.

“We have about 50 percent of the foundation in and we have a couple of the walls- the east wall and part of the north wall is already poured- so we’re very pleased.”

Hagerman says the project will be completed within 12 to 14 months.

“Yes the project will happen, and the project will be completed, depending on the weather situation, within time and within the budget.”

Henry says the focus now is to find tenants to fill the 44 upscale apartments available at The Harrison. He also said he believes The Harrison will be completed by this time next year.

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