New Subway-Hardees restaurant could replace south-side office buildings

Neighbors' attempt to save these aging buildings at West Rudisill and South Calhoun have failed. (File photo by Kevin Leininger of
Mark Minnick

A busy south-side intersection could be getting a makeover thanks to two fast-food restaurants.

HRE Development LLC plans to demolish two aging multi-story office buildings at the corner of South Calhoun Street and Rudisill Boulevard and replace them with a single-story building that would contain a combined Hardees and Subway restaurant. HRE’s Mark Minnick is co-owner of Subway Systems in Fort Wayne, and a Subway currently operates in one of the buildings.

The project will include a drive-through, greenspace and a landscaped patio area and will require approval by the Fort Wayne Board of Zoning Appeals because of requested setbacks that would allow the site at 116 W. Rudisill to be redeveloped without using the alley for access.

According to Minnick’s BZA application, “The economics require . . . a Subway-Hardees combo site due to the cost of property, demolition ad construction costs. A newly developed site replacing the old buildings and parking areas will add value to the neighborhood. The current buildings are in disrepair and largely vacant.”

The BZA could consider the proposal next month.