The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:30 am

Downtown arena feasibility study delayed


Fort Wayne area residents will have to wait a little longer for the much-anticipated study on the feasibility of a downtown arena/event center.

The Allen County Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board today heard that the delivery date for the study by Victus Advisers, Park City, Utah, expected to have been around Labor Day, has been pushed back to early November.

Meanwhile, the board advanced the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites project with a commitment of up to $1.298 million to bring the hotel to a spot on the south side of the 100 block of West Jefferson Boulevard, just across from the Grand Wayne Convention Center.  

Board member Steve Brody said a draft of the event center study has been seen by members of a CIB committee investigating the project, estimated to cost $105 million plus the cost of land. 

But more work needs to be done, he said, "We really need to get this report right. It will probably be another 45 days.

"We're really not able to share any details because it's a working draft."

The study looks at how much it would cost to build, operate and maintain the center, proposed for just west of the Grand Wayne. Also in the report: what the market for the facility would be and how it would impact other community venues, including Memorial Coliseum and the Embassy Theatre.

For more on this story see Thursday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit after 1 a.m. Thursday.

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