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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 1:00 am

Details on riverfront's next phase delayed

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

Promenade Park will open in just nine days, but a consultant's report on the next phase of Fort Wayne's riverfront development is behind schedule.

Staff members of David Rubin Land Collective, hired to help city officials with an outline for continuing development, were in Fort Wayne on Tuesday meeting with the Riverfront Advisory Committee, Mary Tyndall, the city's community development spokeswoman, confirmed.

The company was presenting committee members with a draft of the report's Neighborhood Master Plan, she said. The plan will outline how neighborhoods can be integrated into the riverfront area.

The North River property across from Science Central on North Clinton Street also is part of the study.

Fort Wayne residents provided input to the planning process at public meetings, including one in March at North Side High School. At that meeting, Rubin told The Journal Gazette that schematics for the second phase of planning would likely be available around the time the park initially was scheduled to open, June 21. Conceptualizing for the third phase was to begin about the same time, Rubin said.

A Land Collective representative working on the document did not return a call seeking information Tuesday.

Promenade Park is along both sides of the St. Marys River downtown and will include a performance pavilion, a tree canopy trail, a park and accessible playground, among other features. The cost is about $20 million.

The park's opening date was pushed back to Aug. 9 because of weather-related construction delays.

Tuesday's meeting was not open to the public, and no documents were publicly available, Tyndall said. Committee members were to provide feedback to be incorporated into the final document, which will be public and should be available before October, she said.

rsalter@jg.net