FORT WAYNE - The Fort Wayne City Council is set to vote Tuesday on the first in a series of contracts related to high-profile Riverfront Development efforts. The vote involves $390,000 for designs for the riverfront promenade project.

Riverworks Design Group, which is made up of representatives from five firms, received the nod for this portion of the work in November from the Riverfront Implementation Committee. Three members of the team, Design Collaborative Inc., Hoch Associates P.C. and Engineering Resources Inc., are from Fort Wayne, while American Structurepoint Inc. is based in Indianapolis and Forum Studio Inc. has offices in Chicago and St. Louis.

Mayor Tom Henry says "this is an important next step in our efforts to continue the momentum and excitement about the future of our riverfront area. By working together, we're in position to develop unique projects along the riverfront that will strengthen our position as a local and national leader in economic development opportunities and quality of place amenities."

The promenade design contract will be paid for with a portion of $6 million in Legacy funds. It could go before council for final approval March 22. If it moves forward, schematic designs could be complete in July, with construction beginning some time next year. The city estimates remaining contracts could be signed within 15 months. Officials stress the redevelopment is a long-term effort with projects going on in phases over decades.