FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Residents have already started to move into the residential component of the city’s mixed-use redevelopment project in the historic core of the city.
The Landing, along Columbia Street in the historic core of downtown, is rehabilitating seven buildings and constructing another building that will offer 70 apartments and 56,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.
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On Wednesday, Fort Wayne’s NBC cameras had the opportunity to take a look inside one of the new apartments and talk with a tenant moving in.
Caleb Young wanted to find a place to live in the heart of downtown, and the opportunity to live near restaurants, coffee shops and be a short walk away from his workplace was too good to pass up.
“To be a part of downtown and have the convenience, you’re going to get what you pay for. The city is growing in such a wonderful way, and it’s really great that we have these opportunities downtown,” Young said.
3BG Supply, Utopian Coffee Bar, Utopian Coffee headquarters and roastery, a BBQ restaurant and brewery concept from Utopian and Cerulean, and a restaurant concept from the Cunningham Restaurant Group are all confirmed tenants.
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The Model Group out of Cincinnati is fashioning 24 apartments in that space, while 70 apartments are being crafted overall on the historic block right next to the old City-County Building.
Four to six new restaurants and some boutique stores are envisioned for commercial space being built out on street level.
The Landing was home to Fort Wayne’s first post office, theater and hotel, and now it’s is part of a $32.2 million project to redevelop seven buildings and two parking lots on West Columbia Street.
It’s expected to be completed this fall.
The project has been approved to receive funds through the state’s Industrial Recovery Tax Credit (IRTC), also known as the DINO tax credit, which provides an incentive to revitalize older buildings like the ones on West Colombia Street.