The city has selected a consultant with worldwide experience to conduct a $500,000 study of how best to develop Fort Wayne's downtown riverfronts.SWA Group, an urban planning, design and landscape architecture firm with seven locations worldwide, will lead the first comprehensive look at the city's rivers, according to a statement from Mayor Tom Henry's office. SWA's team will include Fort Wayne-based MKM Architecture + Design; Biohabitats; Moffatt & Nichol; and AMEC. Additional information about SWA can be found at www.swagroup.com.
The study will take 12 to 18 months to complete and work will begin next month. The $500,000 will come from the city's Legacy fund, created by the sale of the old City Light utility to Indiana & Michigan Electric Co.
The Downtown Riverfront Development Study is intended to provide the road map to future investment. Areas of focus will include land use; engineering and infrastructure investment; watershed issues; trail connectivity; access to the river; urban design guidelines; retail; entertainment; and housing. The public will have an opportunity to provide input during the process, Henry said.