The North River Task Force will host a series of community input workshops this month. The information-gathering sessions will give the public an opportunity to share their ideas and explore possibilities for the North River area. Free parking is available at all locations.



Tuesday, June 12

Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A, 900 Library Plaza. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 14

Taylor University, Eicher Student Commons, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd. 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19

IPFW Walb Student Union Ballroom, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 6-8 p.m.

North River is an extraordinary opportunity for our community,” said Rick Samek, Co-Chair of the North River Task Force. “It is ours to shape. The public workshops are the place to imagine the future of this unique riverfront locale. Please come and share your ideas at the meeting nearest you.”

In April, Mayor Graham Richard and Allen County Commissioner Bill Brown announced the creation of the North River Task Force, which is charged with studying opportunities for the development of land just north of the city center and the St. Marys River. The area encompasses the OmniSource property north of the river and alongside its banks between North Harrison and Clinton streets.

The City has secured an option agreement with OmniSource for its 29 acres of land north of the St. Marys River, west of Clinton Street, southof the former YWCA property, and east of Harrison Street. This will provide the City with the flexibility to strategically plan for the future in the North River area.

The area'€™s significant size, connection to Fort Wayne'€™s historic core and location along the river'€™s edge mark it as an exceptional asset. North River will complement the growth already occurring in the community'€™s heart, stimulate additional projects and strengthen the urban fabric.

By September, the Task Force is expected to make recommendations on the highest and best use of the land for the long-term benefit of the community.

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