City Announces Riverfront Study Public Input Meetings

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

City Announces Riverfront Study Public Input Meetings

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Below is a press release from the Mayor's office regarding public input meetings for the riverfront study.

The public is invited to share their vision for Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfront at two public input meetings.

Both meetings will take place at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in the auditorium. The meetings are set for:

*Wednesday, March 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a presentation at 5:45 p.m.

*Thursday, March 13 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., with a presentation at 11:15 a.m.

“Public input is critical to the success of our riverfront study,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “This is everyone’s riverfront and the final designs need to reflect the hopes and dreams of our entire community.”

In November 2013, the City contracted with SWA Group to conduct the Riverfront Study, which is the first comprehensive look at enhancing the use of our City’s rivers; it is intended to provide the road map to a world class investment.

During the public input meetings, SWA will provide an overview of the data collected and preliminary development concepts. The consulting team will then listen to citizens’ vision for the downtown riverfront; the team will use this input to create designs and implementation strategies.

SWA Group, an urban planning, design and landscape architecture firm working worldwide from seven locations, is the lead consultant on the study. They have extensive expertise in riverfront development in the U.S. and around the world. SWA’s team includes Fort Wayne-based MKM Architecture + Design; Market Feasibility Advisors; Biohabitats; Moffatt & Nichol; Empower Results; and AMEC.

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