FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After years of planning yielded the construction of Parkview Field, a decade of new buildings spread from home plate to the St. Marys River between 2010 and 2020.
Aerial pictures captured the major changes. The snapshots taken over the years introduce us to Cityscape Flats, The Harrison, Hampton Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Ash Skyline Plaza, Skyline Tower, Promenade Park, a new Rescue Mission, a boutique hotel, and a new building on The Landing.
The Cityscape Flats residential complex, surrounded by Fairfield Avenue, Ewing Street, Jefferson Boulevard and Brackenridge Street was approved in 2015. It eventually replaced several homes and empty lots across the street from Parkview Field.
The Harrison and Courtyard by Marriott
A key part of the Harrison Square concept which included and surrounded Parkview Field, was the construction of a residential building with businesses on the ground level. After the lot sat empty for the first two seasons of TinCaps baseball, details for The Harrison were officially revealed in 2011.
Before The Harrison was built, the Courtyard by Marriott hotel became the third piece of the Harrison Square puzzle to open. Guests filled the hotel beginning in 2010.
Hampton Inn & Suites
Downtown’s newest hotel opened in 2019. Hampton Inn and Suites was built between The Harrison and Courtyard by Marriott along Jefferson Boulevard. It features a rooftop bar and Burger Bar at street level. The land held a small parking lot before groundbreaking.
Ash Skyline Plaza
An entire downtown block was transformed in the middle of the decade. The block surrounded by Webster, Harrison, Berry and Wayne Streets became Ash Skyline Plaza and Skyline Tower. In order for the large office, commercial and parking building to be built, Cindy’s Diner was moved a block north to the Community Center parking lot.
Skyline Tower opened in August 2018, after work began in late 2016. The residential tower, home to 123 apartments and a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, was the second building planned for the site.
The most anticipated project in the last decade may be Promenade Park along the St. Marys River. It serves as the centerpiece of riverfront development, which includes two additional phases to be built in the new decade. The park opened in August, 2019. The park replaced several industrial buildings along Superior Street. The Cambray Building was saved by the Hall family and moved a block to the south to become a future Hall’s restaurant.
After years of fundraising, construction of a new Rescue Mission began in April, 2019. The building, anticipated to open for use in 2020, was built at the corner of Lafayette Street and Washington Boulevard. It replaced a warehouse and the for 412 Club.
Fort Wayne businesswoman and co-founder of Vera Bradley, Barb Baekaard, saw dreaming and much effort fulfilled as work began on a boutique hotel on Main Street in 2019. The hotel, Baekaard hopes to be named ‘Fox on Main,’ replaces a parking lot surrounded by Main, Pearl St., Maiden Ln., and Harrison Street.
Several historic buildings were renovated and in the 100 block of W. Columbia Street, better known as The Landing. The block re-opened in October, 2019 with the addition of a new building. It stands in place of a smaller building and parking lot in the center of the block and offers apartments and commercial space.
Several additional buildings, planned in the decade before 2020 are set to rise in the new decade. Those include Ruoff Mortgage’s world headquarters as well as the Ashberry building and mixed use developments near Headwaters Park and Promenade Park.