Statement as issued Tuesday by the city of Fort Wayne:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The public is invited to respond to concepts for Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfront at one of two public input meetings. Both meetings will take place downtown at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in the theater. The meetings are set for:
- Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a presentation at 5:45 p.m. and
- Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11 a.m.-1p.m. with a presentation at 11:15 a.m.
“Enhancing our downtown riverfront is critical to maintaining our city’s momentum,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “As we enter the next phase of the Riverfront Fort Wayne study, citizen input is more critical than ever. I invite everyone to get involved and let us know what you’d like to see happen along our rivers.”
In November 2013, the City contracted with SWA Group to complete the Riverfront Study, which is the first comprehensive look at enhancing the use of our city’s rivers; it is intended to provide the road map to world class investment.
During the public input meetings, SWA will present specific concepts and ask citizens to respond. After the meetings, individuals may visit the Envision Fort Wayne Center, 916 S. Calhoun St., and examine SWA’s concepts and provide feedback as well. The Envision Center is open Tuesdays 2-6 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Additionally, citizens will be able to go online to www.RiverfrontFW.org and comment on the draft concepts.
After reviewing citizen input, SWA Group will refine the concepts and present more refined ideas for feedback in October. A final plan is expected to be unveiled in January 2015.