Fort Wayne: Promenade Park / Riverfront Development & News

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Next phase of Fort Wayne riverfront development underway

A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday signified the progress on riverfront development in the Summit City that will continue over the next two years.

Phase IIb of Riverfront Public Open Space consists of a $40 million investment that aims to extend the public space from Promenade Park along the St. Marys River west to Ewing Street and east to Clinton Street, a release from the city said. Construction of Phase IIb is expected to last about 24 months.

Plans for the expansion include an extension of the elevated Tree Canopy Trail, boat docks for private watercraft, a universally-accessible boulder mound, a hammock grove, walking trails, an amphitheater, and landscaping. The goal is to create a vibrant mixed-use district with diverse housing opportunities, employment opportunities, and to connect existing hubs and neighborhoods to each other and to the riverfront.

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Massive $1.5 billion proposal to remake Fort Wayne north riverfront

Eight co-developers proposed a transformational $1.5 billion series of projects for Fort Wayne's north riverfront properties that would include an arena, soccer stadium, natatorium and more, covering more than 60 acres from Sherman Blvd. to Science Central.

The city owns some of the proposed sites, including the 6.4 acres on Harrison St. that housed the former Pepsi bottling plant.

In a release ahead of Monday's announcement, developers checked off a list of items they say would attract more than 1.5 million visitors and users annually to downtown Fort Wayne:

  • 5,000-seat multi-use arena and event venue
  • 5,000-seat outdoor soccer stadium with connected boutique hotel
  • Natatorium with Olympic-size swimming pool
  • Additional athletic fields and basketball courts for youth sports and public use
  • An E-sports venue
  • "The Wedge" mixed-use development
  • Mixed-use high-rise building with attached structure parking
  • Multi-generational residential village that will house people of all ages and abilities
  • Expanded, accessible riverwalk spaces

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