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Construction crew tops off structure for "premiere riverfront property"

Zach Bernard/WBOI News

A major milestone was reached in Fort Wayne’s riverfront development project Friday as the mearly $89 million mixed-use development across from Promenade Park was topped off by the construction team.

In the construction world, “topping off” a project is a celebratory moment; that’s when the final beam of the structure is placed. Crew members on the ground offered applause once the crane lifting the beam was detached.

There’s still work to be done, but the structure’s foundation is now complete. The final product is expected to include 225 apartments, a garage with 900 spaces, and 60,000 square feet for offices, retail and “flex” space.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has called it the city’s “premiere riverfront property.”

Credit City of Fort Wayne
Artist rendering of the development from 2019.

The project was initially revealed in 2017, but challenges with the original development team failing to meet financial benchmarks put work on hold. In 2019, the city appointed Indianapolis-based developer Barrett & Stokely to lead the effort.

The garage is expected to be completed early next year, with the remaining space ready in early 2023.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.
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