May 24, 2017 – Construction contracts for the first phase of riverfront development were approved by City Council Tuesday evening with an 8 – 0 vote.
The approved construction contracts totaled $17,154,558.
Demolition, Excavation and Site Work – Crosby Excavating, $2,427,740
Landscaping – Dave Harlow Enterprises, $2,498,906
Concrete Dock Walls and Tree Canopy Trail – Kenny Construction Company, $3,069,000
Site Concrete and Masonry – Hamilton Hunter Builders, $2,029,780
Structural Steel Fabrication – Almet, Inc., $1,966,000
Miscellaneous and Structural Steel Erection – Don Fruchey, Inc., $220,500
General Trades – Fetters Construction, $1,370,500
Roofing – C.L. Schust, $155,000
Aluminum Storefront and Glazing – Hall Aluminum Products, $327,000
Finishes – Rosema Corporation, $259,600
Fire Protection – VFP Fire Systems, $49,947
Mechanical – Project Design and Piping, $890,400
Electrical – Hambrock Electrical, $1,097,935
Playground Equipment and Surfacing, $199,999
Site Specific General Conditions, $592,251
Funding for the work comes from prior approvals of Legacy funds, Regional Cities money and private donations. In December 2016, City Council approved a request of $10 million in Legacy funding to assist with the construction investment for the first phase of riverfront development. In April 2017, the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) approved $5,170,480 in Regional Cities funding. To date, private commitments from foundations, corporations and individuals total $4,809,000.
“I continue to be encouraged by the support and excitement for riverfront development,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Fort Wayne has become a point of destination for businesses, individuals and families. To continue to see momentum and investments, we must be committed to providing quality of life amenities that make our community unique. Riverfront development is a critical initiative designed to enhance Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana.”
“We’re excited to start planning for Phases II and III,” said Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll. “The focus will be on creating an attractive environment for private investment, which essentially means framing the river for new development.”
Groundbreaking for the first phase of riverfront development is expected to take place in late June and will be focused on the public spaces in a park setting. Development will occur on the south and north sides of the St. Marys River between Harrison Street and the historic Wells Street Bridge. Highlights of the plans include a promenade, park pavilion, event lawn, entry plaza with sculpture/signage, urban bioswale, educational water feature, urban streetscape, central plaza, urban riverfront terraces, elevated boardwalk, dock, interactive sculpture, and children’s play area.
Riverfront construction is anticipated to take 18 months.
The team leading the design work is Riverworks Design Group, comprised of Design Collaborative, Forum Studio, Hoch Associates, Engineering Resources, American Structurepoint, and One Lucky Guitar. The Hagerman Group serves as Construction Manager.