City Accepting Proposals for Riverfront Development (with Video)

By Eric DeFreeuw

February 12, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The city took its first steps towards spending the legacy money Tuesday. Mayor Tom Henry announced the city is accepting proposals for a Riverfront Development Study, which he says is something residents have been looking forward to for nearly a decade.

The first-of-its-kind study will look closely at the rivers to see whether various ideas being thrown around like housing, entertainment, or retail are even realistic.

Mayor Henry explained “until we find out what parts of our river we can develop on, how far can we take the river front development back, what kind of lay-out really is something that we can capitalize on, we won't know until we've had a study done."

Having the luxury of three rivers downtown is very unique, and something the Mayor feels should be taken advantage of, if at all possible.

“For years our rivers flooded on a pretty regular basis, and unfortunately there was a lot of property damage and so on. And they were really a detriment to our downtown rather than an asset. Over the years we've invested heavily - the city of Fort Wayne, the state of Indiana, the Federal Government. A lot of time, and treasure, and talent have gone in to protecting this city. And now we're in the position where we can turn the rivers around and make them an asset to our downtown.”

Starting Tuesday, the city will be accepting consultant proposals through April 12th. Once the finalists are selected the interview process will begin in May. In total, this study phase is expected to last between 9 and 18 months.

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