Envision Fort Wayne, located at 916 S. Calhoun Street, allows the public to be actively involved in the future of Riverfront Development in downtown Fort Wayne. Important changes are coming to Fort Wayne that will impact our economy, our lives, and our future. The Envision Fort Wayne Center was specifically created to make sure that Riverfront Development listens to what Fort Wayne citizens want from their riverfronts.
Envision Fort Wayne was created from a Knight Foundation grant and no tax payer dollars were used in its setup. With plans to keep its doors open throughout 2014 and possibly longer, the Center includes information, meeting rooms, technology, interactive mapping tools, and a knowledgable staff. I had the opportunity to speak with Sherese Fortriede, Senior Planner for Community Development at the City of Fort Wayne.
Sherese is incredibly knowledgable about our riverfronts and the possibilities it can bring to downtown Fort Wayne. She answered all of my questions and walked me through the process of understanding how the development process works. She told me that Envision Fort Wayne was created specifically because they “want to hear ideas and concerns from the public while educating them about riverfront success stories from other cities.” Everything that the public brings to the table will be considered for input before the next step forward in July of 2014.
Everyone is welcome to stop by the Center. They are open Tuesday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Friday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., as well as during specific downtown events and festivals. If anyone would like to plan a large meeting or a field trip for students, please call 260-427-1129 or email RiverfrontFW@CityofFortWayne.org. Filled with information and learning opportunities, this is a must-see for all lovers and students of Fort Wayne!
By Stephen J. Bailey for the Downtown Improvement District