Downtown Riverfront Study
Riverfront Fort Wayne is the first comprehensive look at ways to draw people to our rivers. It will provide a road map to world-class investment and should conclude in the first quarter of 2015. Riverfront development meets all the Legacy evaluation criteria, especially producing a transformative outcome and leveraging private investment. As the downtown riverfront is improved and made accessible, commercial and residential development will begin. Visitors will enjoy the riverfront as well as new restaurants and retail outlets. The increased development and visitors will transform the heart of our community for generations to come. Find out more about Riverfront Fort Wayne here.
Higher Education Opportunity Fund
Indiana Tech Academic Center
This state-of-the-art facility houses classrooms, a leadership center and the Center for Creative Collaboration. Other features include labs, a library, art gallery, auditorium, theatre and programs to help youth develop math skills and entrepreneurs develop successful businesses. This project met Legacy criteria because it leveraged significant private investment from the university and its donors and it is helping to stabilize the eastern edge of downtown Fort Wayne. Read the original news release here. Find out more here.
The University of Saint Francis
The University of Saint Francis is renovating two historic, underutilized downtown buildings, which will accommodate a business school and programs for music technology and media entrepreneurial training. This project met Legacy criteria because it leveraged significant private resources from the university and its donors, it increases visits to downtown and stabilizes two historic and previously underutilized downtown buildings. Read the original news release here. University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center.
Ewing Street/Fairfield Avenue
Ewing and Fairfield are being converted to two-way streets and a new roundabout will connect the two streets with Wells and Superior streets. This project met Legacy criteria because it is transforming a challenging downtown intersection and improving an area that will be attractive for private investment. Learn more here.
Wells Street Bridge
The historic Wells Street Bridge is now lighted thanks to Legacy dollars. It met Legacy criteria because it revitalizes a historic downtown landmark and brings residents and visitors into the heart of the city. It is home to many gatherings; find out more about renting the bridge here.
Downtown Overpass Beautification
Downtown Fort Wayne is bounded on the north and south by rail elevations (overpasses) which have long served as an unsightly gateway into downtown. In order to enhance the image of our central business district these points of entry into the downtown need to be improved. Improving downtown's railroad overpasses is a major recommendation from the Front Door Fort Wayne (Gateway Strategy) Plan. In 2011, the Clinton Street and Lafayette Street overpasses were improved. Both projects included a lit welcome sign on a blue field. Community Development is continuing to improve additional downtown railroad elevations. These projects meet Legacy criteria because they promote downtown and work as a catalyst for additional downtown development. Learn more here.
The Embassy Board of Directors is embarking on a $10 million renovation to the Indiana Hotel. An investment of Legacy dollars is leverage significant private investment from the Goldstine Foundation and is helping stabilize a previously underutilized historic building. The hotel will be a catalyst for more growth as it will host large events and support the conferences held at the Grand Wayne Center. Learn more here.