The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:00 am

Cambray moving to new location

Building set for Superior, Harrison on Jan. 24

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The former Cambray & Associates building will likely be moved to its permanent home this month. 

The 122-year-old building, formerly at 312 S. Harrison St., is expected to move to the southeast corner of Superior and Harrison streets Jan. 24, Redevelopment Director Nancy Townsend told the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission on Monday. 

The building, which was lifted and put on wheels to clear space for the ongoing Promenade Park development along the riverfront, has been sitting in the empty lot that formerly housed the Smurfit building at 124. W. Superior St. several months. Once in place, it will become a Don Hall's restaurant. 

The Smurfit building was demolished to make way for a new mixed-use development along the riverfront known as the HIVE. That $62 million project spans from Calhoun Street to South Harrison Street and will feature about 150 apartments on five floors, along with a 1,000-space parking garage. 

Originally, the plan was to have the building moved by the beginning of last September, according to Craig Berndt, an administrator with the city's Community Development Division. However, crews discovered sewers and other unanticipated issues, which pushed the timeline back. 

The Cambray building will be moved, turned 90 degrees, and put in place, Berndt said. 

The city purchased the building in March 2017 after undertaking eminent domain proceedings for three properties along the south bank of the St. Marys River. Red Bird Properties, which owned two of the buildings, received $1.3 million, while Cambray & Associates was paid $850,000 for its property. 

Promenade Park is under construction and is expected to open in June.

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