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Milestone celebrated in construction of major downtown development project

Fort Wayne officials Friday celebrated the final structural beam being put in place, marking a...
Fort Wayne officials Friday celebrated the final structural beam being put in place, marking a milestone in construction of The Riverfront at Promenade Park project.(wpta)
Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 7:37 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Mayor Tom Henry and other community leaders signed the final structural beam Friday afternoon before it was lifted into place, marking progress on a project that should help alleviate a shortage of downtown parking.

The Riverfront at Promenade Park mixed-use development at Superior and Harrison Streets will include more than 200 higher-end apartments and some retail shops, but those components won’t be done for more than a year.

A 900-space parking garage will be ready in the first quarter of 2022 and should provide valuable new parking options in the core of the city.

Mayor Henry admits many business owners downtown, including ones operating on The Landing, regularly raise concerns that there isn’t enough parking for their customers.

Connor Gastineau lives on The Landing and knows about the parking challenges.

“One of the biggest things that I get are people asking me if they do decide to come over, where do I park? So you kind of have to navigate your way around here,” Gastineau said.

“A lot of other cities our size are experiencing this same problem where more and more people are coming downtown, to be entertained, to work, to live, you’ve got to have adequate parking,” Mayor Henry said, noting that the garage at The Riverfront at Promenade Park in combination with two other large parking garage projects nearby will add close to 1,500 spaces in the downtown area.

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