Council Calls For Their Own Harrison Square Update

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

June 7, 2011 Updated Jun 7, 2011 at 10:47 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- It's time to play hardball with Hardball Capital and Barry Real Estate.

That's the tone from some Fort Wayne City Council members as city leaders await another Harrison Square update.

The CEO of Barry Real Estate, Chris Schoen, is scheduled to appear before the Redevelopment Commission at its regular meeting on Monday, June 13.

On Tuesday, June 14, Council President Mitch Harper and Council Vice President John Shoaff will host Fort Wayne City Council's appointees to the Redevelopment Commission, Mr. Casey Cox and Mr. Thom Obergfell.

Cox and Obergfell will share a detailed update with all nine council members.

The Redevelopment Commission is in charge of overseeing the Harrison project.

However, after four years since the original agreement with Hardball Capital and two years since the building was supposed to completed, Harrison Square is still a blueprint.

"I think we're way past time to have just another promise that ground breaking is going to occur at some unspecified date in the future. This Monday, they need to announce real progress," said Fort Wayne City Council President Republican Mitch Harper.

"I think the city, if they aren't already, they should be weighing carefully, several options here. If things continue to go badly with this," said Fort Wayne City Council Vice President Democrat John Shoaff.

Shoaff points out, a clause in the Harrison contract that says Fort Wayne is supposed to get a check, every month the project is delayed.

Meanwhile, Fort Wayne paid about 30 million dollars to build Parkview Field.

In return, the city was supposed to get an 18 million dollar housing and retail complex from Barry Real Estate.

Council Vice President Shoaff told Indiana's NewsCenter the contract with Hardball Capital and Barry Real Estate states that the City of Fort Wayne can take back Parkview Field, for not holding up their end of the deal.

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