On December 7, 2011 Mayor Tom Henry and members of the Legacy Fort Wayne Task Force marked the conclusion of the community wide initiative to guide decision making about the future of the Fort Wayne Community Trust and City Light Lease Settlement funds with the formal presentation of the group’s recommendation report.
Summarized in the report are recommendations for Core Economic Investments, Downtown and Riverfront Development, Youth/Prep Sports Initiative, Investment of Trust Fund and Light Lease Settlement.
Of interest are two paragraphs under Downtown and Riverfront Development:
Downtown Transit. Improvements to downtown transit to provide connectivity between attractions and destinations that are not in close proximity to one another. The addition of a fixed-transit feature could also work to increase tourism by allowing increased collaboration between simultaneously occurring events.
Headwaters Junction plans for an extremely popular fixed-transit feature: the railroad, the city’s trains, and the route which will connect various area attractions and points of interest.
Riverfront Development. Task Force awareness about the untapped potential in Fort Wayne’s unique, defining natural asset: its rivers was fueled during the education phase of the process through presentations on the positive economic and catalytic impact of successful downtown riverfront development projects in other cities…The Task Force discussed and highlighted the importance of prioritizing riverfront planning initiatives and encouraging riverfront development projects. Additionally, the catalytic possibilities of a large-scale riverfront development project at the former OmniSource site, also known as the North River area, received significant support.
Headwaters Junction was advanced numerous times through the Legacy Fort Wayne process as a project with catalytic potential along the riverfront and was recommenced to be a part of the riverfront consulting study. The city plans to formally commission the riverfront study in 2013.