FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The city of Fort Wayne plans to develop its riverfront north and west in an effort to add more public spaces and access to the city’s rivers.
Mayor Tom Henry and Director of Community Development Nancy Townsend joined community and neighborhood leaders on Wednesday to highlight plans for continued development and investment along the riverfront beyond the highly successful Promenade Park.
Plans call for development of the north side of the St. Marys River riverfront from the Wells Street Bridge, at the edge of Promenade Park, west to the Ewing Street Bridge, and northeast from Harrison Street to the North River property at Clinton Street. Included in the public space will be an extension of the popular Tree Top Canopy, along with walking trails and a boulder feature for recreational climbing. There will also be two boat docks.
The space will be “universally accessible,” city officials said.
And once Phase 2 is done, the city hopes it promotes more private development in the same way Phase 1 did.
“We plan to use this Phase 2 like we did Phase 1 as a catalyst to create vibrant, mixed-use community here on the north side of the river, with many housing choices, employment opportunities, retail and entertainment opportunities,” said Townsend. “I think it’ll be another catalyst to even reignite our really popular and beloved commercial corridors in the Wells Street corridor.”
The development will be paid for with a $32 million bond, which will be repaid by the local economic development income tax. Local taxes will not be impacted, according to the city’s administration.