Fort Wayne Parks department taking proactive approach to future riverfront development work – News Sentinel

This aerial view exhibits the proposed Part I of Fort Wayne's downtown riverfront development venture, which now could be below building. (Courtesy illustration)

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will take a proactive approach to planning and authorities allow functions for future riverfront development work after operating into longer allow processing instances than anticipated for Part I of the riverfront venture.

The department nonetheless is ready on some authorities company allow approvals for work on the north riverbank for Part I of the venture, which is underway on the south financial institution of the St. Marys River between Harrison and the Historic Wells Avenue Bridge.

Parks officers stated beforehand they deliberate to begin Part I work on the north aspect of the river, however delays in getting all the permits for the work there led them to begin on the south aspect. The permits embrace ones sought from the Indiana Department of Environmental Administration.

However parks officers now hope to get forward of the issue as planning begins for Part II and III of riverfront development by getting land-use research, infrastructure research, archaeology research and different work completed earlier than in search of permits to allow them to present all info concurrently to the allowing company, stated Steve McDaniel, parks department director of asset administration.

Giving the allowing companies all the info initially ought to make the allow approval course of simpler and go extra shortly, McDaniel stated.

McDaniel and parks department Director Al Moll offered an replace on the riverfront development course of throughout the parks department’s board of park commissioners assembly Wednesday at Residents Sq..

One other situation they are going to be will probably be whether or not a few of the land now recognized as being within the St. Marys River’s flood plain will be faraway from a flood-plain designation so it may be obtainable for personal development, McDaniel advised park commissioners.

The parks department hopes to search requests from companies excited about doing the land use and different research in January, McDaniel advised park board members.

In different riverfront development updates, park board members realized:

* Work ought to begin subsequent week on developing the muse for the Park Basis Pavilion in Promenade Park. Development of the pavilion ought to begin in November.

* Parks officers nonetheless are working with an entity excited about buying and shifting the historic brick Baltes constructing that now could be a part of the Cambray Associates complicated on Harrison Avenue. Parks officers hope the brick constructing will be moved, and the trendy buildings constructed on both aspect of it is going to be demolished.

The buildings are situated on the land being developed as Promenade Park.

* The barge the parks department bought to preserve the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee rivers cleaned of trash, limbs and different particles has arrived and sure will make its first journey on the rivers Friday.


The Fort Wayne Parks department introduced these native officers will probably be a part of the group that can coordinate planning for development of Part II and III of the downtown riverfront development venture:

* Al Moll, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department director, co-chair

* Mark Becker, parks deputy director, riverfront development, co-chair

* Steve McDaniel, parks deputy director, asset administration

* Alec Johnson, metropolis panorama architect with the parks department

* Chris Cloud, Allen County Board of Commissioners government assistant

* Greg Leatherman, Fort Wayne Neighborhood Development Division director

* Anne Marie Smrchek, Fort Wayne Metropolis Utilities program supervisor

* Paul Spoelhof, metropolis Neighborhood Development senior planner

* Nancy Townsend, metropolis redevelopment director

* John Urbahns, Better Fort Wayne government vp of financial development

* Patrick Zaharako, metropolis of Fort Wayne assistant metropolis engineer

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