February 6, 2024 - Demolition work began today at the former PepsiCo, Inc, (Pepsi) site on N. Harrison Street.
Mayor Tom Henry and the Community Development Division led today’s launch of the demolition process.
At the end of last year, the Fort Wayne City Council voted 8-0 to approve funding for the demolition of the former Pepsi distribution facility near downtown Fort Wayne.
In May 2022, the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission acquired the 7-plus acre distribution facility located at 1207 N. Harrison St. for $4.5 million. The vision for this property is a mixed-use center of activity that provides a more compatible use for the adjacent neighborhoods, supports public investment in the Riverfront public space, and brings additional private investment into the city.
”Riverfront development continues to be a shining star bringing residents and visitors alike to enjoy recreation, shopping, dining, employment, and more,” said Mayor Henry. “I’m looking forward to what this important parcel of land will be able to do for our community and region.”
“Demolition of the warehouse facility is an important next step in the implementation of the community’s vision for an active, vibrant Riverfront,” said Jonathan Leist, Director of Redevelopment. We look forward to working with the neighborhood, private development, and other key stakeholders to bring the community’s Riverfront vision to fruition.”
In August 2023, to continue the vision of creating a dynamic riverfront transformation, the City of Fort Wayne’s Redevelopment Department announced the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the site that then led to a Request for Proposals (RFP). Currently, the City is in the process of reviewing submissions. The selected partner will integrate indoor and outdoor areas aligning with the fundamental belief that the Riverfront area is meant for everyone and embraces best practices in inclusivity and sustainability.