A contract for a riverfront development study will be introduced at the Fort Wayne City Council's meeting Tuesday night.
The $499,500 study that would be led by SWA Group of Sausalito, Calif., would be paid for using Legacy Fort Wayne funding. City Council members could discuss the SWA Group contract at their next meeting Nov. 5, and they could approve the contract at their Nov. 12 meeting.
The study likely will take a year to 18 months to complete, according to an announcement from Mayor Tom Henry's office. The study is expected to look at: land use; engineering and infrastructure investments; environmental and ecological issues; watershed and flooding issues; trail connectivity; the downtown area and nearby neighborhoods; river access; retail and entertainment offerings; and housing.
Other firms assisting with the study are: MKM Architecture + Design in Fort Wayne; Baltimore-based Biohabitats Inc.; Long Beach, Calif.-based Moffatt & Nichol; and AMEC, which is headquartered in London and has an office in Indianapolis.
“We’ve done our due diligence in selecting an outstanding firm and ensuring we have a solid contract, but now the real work begins,” Henry said in the announcement. “I’m excited to work with experts and citizens alike to craft a plan that will bring transformational change and investment to our riverfront and city.”
At Tuesday's meeting, the City Council also will get its first look at a resolution that calls for using $5 million in Legacy Fort Wayne funding to create college scholarships and provide financial support to local nonprofits' programs that improve job readiness and skills development for residents.
The $3-million Higher Education Scholarship Fund would be administered by the Questa Foundation, with scholarships awarded to students living in Fort Wayne who are about to enter a college or university within the city.
The $2-million Educational Services Fund would be administered by the city's Community Development Department, with awards made annually to nonprofits through a request-for-proposals process.
Only the investment earnings accumulated from the combined $5 million in Legacy Fort Wayne funding would be used each year for scholarships and nonprofit grants, the mayor's office said.
The City Council is expected to discuss the resolution at its Nov. 5 meeting and could vote on the measure at its Nov. 12 meeting.