Time Running Out: Developer On Hot Seat To Provide Update On "The Harrison"

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 25, 2011 Updated May 25, 2011 at 5:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Six days and counting until an out of town developer is supposed to come clean about where the residential-retail part of Harrison Square stands.

Will Barry Real Estate send someone to Fort Wayne before next Tuesday to inform local officials about the status of the project?

It’s not completely clear.

Barry Real Estate CEO Chris Schoen has not returned calls from Indiana’s NewsCenter seeking comment.

Mayor Tom Henry told the city redevelopment commission earlier this month, he wanted Barry Real Estate to let the city know before May 31st what's going on.

In February, Schoen told a Grand Wayne Center gathering that he hoped to break ground by the home opener of the TinCaps in mid-April on the apartments, law firm, credit union branch and Irish theme restaurant planned for the project.

The target date was not met.

Barry Real Estate on May 10th asked for patience, saying his firm was doing everything possible to reach a positive outcome.

1st District City Council Member Tom Smith is among the local officials fidgeting about the delays.

Tom Smith/(R) Fort Wayne Council, 1st District: " We've just got to be careful how we say things, and what we promise. We can't have that again, and if there's another delay, it can't be too long and it has to be a firm date, and if that date isn't met, then we can consider ourselves free to look for other developers."

Mayor Henry’s office is claiming it still believes Barry Real Estate will provide a written statement, or send somebody to town before May 31st, to give a straight answer about what obstacles to success remain.

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