In a unanimous vote Monday, the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission approved the temporary relocation of the former Cambray and Associates building on South Harrison Street to a vacant lot on West Superior Street.
Under the agreement, the 122-year-old building currently at 312 S. Harrison St. will be moved across the street to an empty lot at 124 W. Superior St. that was formerly occupied by Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. The Cambray and Smurfit buildings, as well as the former Ream-Steckbeck Paint Co. building, were obtained by the city last year through eminent domain.
The Smurfit building has since been demolished, and the Cambray building must be moved to make way for the planned Promenade Park.
But the historic Cambray building will live on as a new Hall's restaurant, possibly at a lot at Superior and Harrison streets that is currently a county-owned parking lot.
The Fort Wayne Park Board sold the building to Hall's last month for $2,570 and land the company owns north of the St. Marys River.
“There is a dialogue going on between Hall's and ultimately this commission and the county in terms of the site at the southeast corner of Harrison and Superior,” Director of Redevelopment Nancy Townsend said.
Townsend added that to date there has been no additional requests for assistance to finish a project she estimated could cost $1.5 million to $2 million.
It will take about three weeks to prepare the building,but only 15 minutes to move it across the street.
“Hall's, the owner of the building, their moving contractor – which we researched, met and talked with – this is a little project for what that building moving company (does),” Townsend said. “I think they plan to actually move the building yet this month to the site.”
Since the site at 124 W. Superior St. will be home to the planned $61.7 million mixed-use Riverview complex, the Cambray building is expected to be moved to its permanent location by July. The city is not liable for any damage to the building while it rests on city-owned property, Townsend said.
In other business, the Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved the purchase of less than one-tenth of an acre of land at 736 W. Superior St. That land is in an area slated for future riverfront development phases.
The total purchase price of the property, which was previously owned by the Allen County Community Development Corp., was $545.