FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission has approved a development agreement that will add housing and parking across from downtown Parkview Field. Cityscape Flats includes nearly 170 apartments, 14 row houses, and a 173-space parking garage.
The commission approved an agreement between Fort Wayne and Domo Development for $27 million Monday.
“We’re seeing an increase demand for people wanting to live downtown,” said Director of Redevelopment Justin Brugger. “We get phone calls frequently with people asking for projects just like this.”
Construction on the project will begin in July and will take more than a year to complete.
Cityscape Flats will help Mayor Tom Henry reach his goal. He would like to see 3,000 people living downtown. Right now, there are approximately 1,700 who call downtown home.
“That number would get us to a “critical mass” situation that we believe would take our momentum and investment even further as it relates to services for residents,” said city spokesperson John Perlich. “At that level, we think you’ll start to see those different amenities that residents would like to see, in terms of a drug store and grocery.”
Monthly rentals are expected to range from $800 to $1400.
Another large construction project in downtown Fort Wayne, the Ash Skyline project, has yet to announce a developer for the residential portion of the project.
“We are in negotiation with a developer,” said Perlich. “We feel very good about it. We think we’re making good progress. We hope to have an announcement soon once an agreement is finalized.”