MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES TEAM CHOSEN TO LEAD ENGINEERING AND DESIGN WORK FOR RIVERFRONT PROMENADE
November 25, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced a team of professionals has been selected to engineer and design a promenade as part of the community’s riverfront development efforts.
Riverworks Design Group, comprised of Design Collaborative, Forum Studio, Hoch Associates, Engineering Resources, and American Structurepoint, was chosen by the Riverfront Implementation Committee comprised of local government, business, and neighborhood leaders.
Design Collaborative, Hoch Associates, and Engineering Resources are based in Fort Wayne. American Structurepoint has offices in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. The Forum Studio has offices in Chicago and St. Louis.
A final contract with Riverworks will be finalized in the next month. The contract will then be taken to City Council for approval. Earlier this year, City Council approved $6 million in Legacy funding for portions of riverfront development work for the next two years. The contract with Riverworks will be part of the previously-approved $6 million. The timeline and compensation for Riverworks’ services will be worked out in the final contract.
As part of the contract, Riverworks will create schematic drawings, final designs, and construction documents for the promenade. Riverworks will also coordinate all permitting with various federal, state, and local agencies.
Riverworks was selected through a competitive request for proposals process. Several respected firms and experts in riverfront development from across the country submitted proposals.
“I’m encouraged by the progress we’re making with our collective efforts to develop the riverfront,” said Mayor Henry. “This next step in the process is important as we build on the excitement and momentum being generated by innovative projects in the City of Fort Wayne. It’s great to have the best local and national talent working on this unique opportunity along our riverfront.”
MAYOR HENRY LEADS DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR NEW CITY SCULPTURE
November 23, 2015 - A showcase of the arts welcomed residents to Superior Circle tonight as music filled the air and Mayor Tom Henry joined with dance performers and art supporters to celebrate Fort Wayne’s newest landmark, the gateway sculpture 'City.' The sculpture is designed by local artist George Morrison and offers an abstract view of a city skyline.
The sculpture at Superior Circle is part of the gateway improvement initiative from the Community Development Division. Artist George Morrison worked with City planners and Arts United to develop a unique art piece that could reach across generations and become a conversation piece for the Fairfield/Ewing corridor and future riverfront development.
In 2014, City Council committed to plans for the Front Door Fort Wayne Plan to add to the aesthetics of the community by making our gateways more inviting and places of destination.
The project is funded by the gateway fund through the City’s Community Development Division and concludes a two-year collaboration between City staff, Morrison and Arts United.
“The arts are essential to the quality of life in our community. It’s fitting that we highlighted the arts with tonight’s dedication,” said Mayor Henry. “As we celebrate the arts, we also recognize the significance of infrastructure improvements to corridors throughout our City. Enhancements to streets and roads, along with our new gateway sculpture, assist us in our efforts to continue the positive momentum we’re experiencing.”
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR RIVERFRONT SELFIE SCAVENGER HUNT
November 23, 2015 - Local residents Sarah Wright, Beth Keeton and Ryan Benton are all winners in the Riverfront Fort Wayne Selfie Scavenger Hunt. The winners were drawn at random from a list of completed entries and will each receive a $50 gift certificate to either Don Chava’s, Don Hall’s Gas House or Club Soda.
In order to enter the contest, residents had to find at least ten of the 25 objects (architectural features, signs, plaques, sculptures, etc.) from an official listing on the Riverfront Fort Wayne web site. Then, participants had to take selfies with the objects and post them to their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using the hashtag RiverfrontFW.