Riverfront project: Developers listen to folks in order to create projects that reflect the city’s values

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC21) – Developers of the Riverfront project spoke at the city planning meeting on Thursday to share their thoughts and to listen to folks on what is important to them and the community.

The city planning meeting was held at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne where several hundred folks across the Fort came out.

Developers shared their thoughts and personal research on Fort Wayne. From presentations, networking to activities, developers focused their efforts to understand the community and what mattered to them. They said by aligning people’s values to the economic market of Fort Wayne, they can create projects that will succeed and resonate with the community.

“We’re really excited about the prospect of understanding from their perspective of what success looks like in the context of valued Riverfront project,” David Rubin, Principal of Land Collective said.

A woman said she learned more at the meeting than she expected. Folks said they were excited that their thoughts were being heard.

“I’m really excited about the ongoing conversations and potential,” Stephanie Henry, a resident said. “Laying out the strategic plan and having the input from the community is really key to develop a community that is for us and build around the things we love about this community and what we want to highlight.”

“Being a resident in Fort Wayne, I love being in downtown,” Rich Hoppe, a resident said. “I rode my bike in downtown as a kid, and I want to make sure that still stays true.”

Developers said they aim to have planning meetings until Spring and hopefully get a better understanding of the community. They said everyone is welcomed.

“I hope that they get the sense that they are a part of the community and their opinion matters,” Henry said.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran

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