A Second Housing Plan in the Works Near Parkview Field (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 5:59 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – To the west of Parkview Field lies a vacant lot once filled with empty, sometimes condemned homes. Soon that will be no more.

Fort Wayne city officials are discussing plans to turn the lot into a multi-family living space. The city has already purchased the homes that are, or used to stand between the stadium and Fairfield Avenue.

The plan now is to begin the process of accepting and reviewing bids from developers to create the newest family-friendly living space to hit downtown.

Most of which will be rentals.

"This offers an opportunity to associate more green space with the living,” says Greg Leatherman, Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission. “We think that may attract people that hesitate to bring a child or two downtown to this area. We expect it to be a very wonderful opportunity for people to explore downtown living without having to have a mortgage."

This project follows in the footsteps of a number of previous developments continuing to build the buzz of living downtown.

"We have a full Harrison project, we have an Anthony Wayne condo project that is doing very, very well. We have another project under construction near The Landing. I believe there is really still unmet demand for people wanting to live downtown."

The commission hopes to plan the project out so that it coincides with existing city street projects, such as the widening of Fairfield and Ewing, to bring conveniences to the area like additional parking.




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