Crews have begun construction on a more than $30 million mixed-use development in downtown Fort Wayne. The Landing includes restoration of seven buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the construction of one new building.
When complete, the development will feature 70 apartments and 56,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Cincinnati-based The Model Group is developing the project and says interior demolition and environmental abatement is currently underway.
"This project is about more than bringing new residential and commercial space to downtown Fort Wayne," said Steve Smith, chief executive officer of The Model Group. "It is about preserving and showcasing the community’s history and offering opportunities for residents to live, work and play in the heart of the city."
The seven buildings being restored as part of the project are also designated as a Local Historic District. The Landing served as a central business district for Fort Wayne for nearly a century and was home to the city’s first post office, hotel, newspaper, theater, and railway station.
"The Landing is unique to our city – no other community has anything like it,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. "That’s why it’s so important to restore this block of buildings and make it a centerpiece of our downtown revitalization efforts.”
The project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2019.