Mayor Graham Richard today was joined by City of
The proposal represents a signature private-public venture in the community's efforts to energize downtown
The scope of the initial phase of the proposed project would include the following:
* A new hotel with at least 300 rooms -- $48 million
* 60 new residential condominium units -- $12 million, with future phases anticipated to provide an additional 120 units
* 30,000 square feet of new street level retail -- $6 million, with future phases anticipated to provide an additional 60,000 square feet
* A new minor league baseball stadium -- $30 million (IPFW officials have expressed an interest in the current Memorial Stadium serving as the home for IPFW sporting and community events)
* A 900 space parking garage -- $10 million
“This is a great opportunity for our community. A major downtown catalyst development will further enhance
The location for the initial phase of the development would be the area bounded by Jefferson Boulevardand Harrison, Brackenridge and
Project costs for the initial phase, including land and infrastructure, would be around $125 million. Approximately 50% of the total project cost would come from public sources. The remaining 50% would be privately financed. When all phases of the project are completed, it's expected that the overall costs would be 60% private and 40% public. Property taxes would not be used to finance the public sector portion of the development.
The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission today issued a request for proposals for a new downtown hotel. Several developers have expressed an interest in submitting proposals to build a hotel. The City expects to select a developer by the end of the first quarter in 2007.
Today's announcement is a result of planning, community dialogue and recommendations through the Downtown Blueprint (2002), Downtown BlueprintPlus (2005) and BaseballPlus (2006) processes. The key elements in the project scope are defined within the Downtown Blueprint, Downtown BlueprintPlus and BaseballPlus documents that laid the groundwork to create an action plan for downtown revitalization.
“We are leveraging existing assets such as the