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City Selects Riverworks To Lead Promenade Project

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Zach Bernard/WBOI News
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Fort Wayne has chosen its engineering partners for the promenade in the riverfront development program.

A study of the riverfront was completed in February, which recommended building a promenade as the first phase of downtown riverfront improvement.

Following months of meetings and planning, a collective of five organizations known as the Riverworks Design Group -- made up of Design Collaborative, Forum Studio, Hoch Associates, Engineering Resources, and American Structurepoint -- have been chosen to lead the project.

Mayor Tom Henry says despite the big announcement, this is only the beginning of what he and the Riverworks group expect to be a lengthy, ongoing project.

“They’ll be starting almost as we speak as far as putting together the permit process, submitting all the architectural drawings, and begin to actually put this thing into motion,” said Henry.

The City will be paying Riverworks $6 million for their work on the promenade. Ron Dick of Riverworks Design Group couldn’t establish a timetable for the start of construction, but he says he hopes it’ll be sooner rather than later.

“A lot of agencies, they get involved whether you’re in the river or near the river, so that’s one of the toughest things to answer at this point in time,” said Dick. “We’re really hopeful we see some ground moving in 2016.”

Dick says scope and scheduling of the project will be discussed in the coming weeks, with the hopes of fully beginning the design process next year.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered. He currently hosts Morning Edition.
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