Journal-Gazette Building being sold

The Journal-Gazette Building, 701 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, on the National Register of Historic Places, is in the midst of closure on a sale agreement, according to Sturgis Property, which is handling the sale.

“There is a purchase agreement that has been accepted on that building, but there is a time period of due diligence and inspection that needs to happen before closing. That is all I can share at this time,” John Caffray, vice president of brokerage, said in an email.

The building, at Main and Clinton streets, was constructed in 1928 and was home to The Journal Gazette daily newspaper, created from the 1899 merger of The Journal, dating to 1868, and The Fort Wayne Gazette. The newspaper later joined its afternoon competitor, The News-Sentinel, in the Fort Wayne Newspapers building at 600 W. Main St. The two newspapers operate separate newsrooms. The print version of The News-Sentinel ended after 184 years in October 2017 and shifted to a digital format, news-sentinel.com, with a print page six days a week in its competitor’s editions.

The various suites in the Journal-Gazette Building have been rented by various businesses and groups in the past.

The 20,479-square-foot building had been listed for $925,000.

Ashberry coming downtown

Downtown Fort Wayne is constantly changing these days. Now a 5-story, 80-foot high mixed-use building to go on Berry Street is going before the plan commission in September.

The Ashberry will be a 190,730-square-foot building at 222 W. Berry St. where the former Independent Order of Odd Fellows is. The building is old, but has no original interior features, according to ARCH, the historic preservation group. The new building, which will include a parking garage, will extend along Maiden Lane on the west to Main Street.

The developer has requested some waivers, such as the blade signs for the parking garage and certain light fixtures.

A public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Room 35 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

Welcome, Giordano’s

My favorite place to visit in Chicago, after the art museum, of course, is Giordano’s. I’m so glad I was introduced to this real Chicago-style pizza restaurant a few years ago. It warns that the wait for your pizza is something like 30 minutes, but I think it’s well worth it. So, when a co-worker went to Chicago, I asked him to bring me back one.

The Chicago pizza restaurant is setting up at 10180 Diebold Road, according to an application to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission by , for a beer, wine and liquor restaurant license. The company’s website doesn’t have any details or Fort Wayne’s location listed under its “Coming soon” tab. It looks like Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Canton, Ohio, are ahead of us. The hearing on its liquor application will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in Room 030 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry, Fort Wayne.

Save the date

The 5th annual North Anthony Corridor Block Party is planned for noon-5 p.m. Sept. 8.

The event gives people the chance to “explore the corridor” and its many businesses along with enjoying food and music.

Road through Jefferson Pointe

RED Development has broken ground on its multimillion-dollar revitalization project at Jefferson Pointe.

The redevelopment project, “designed to create an elevated visitor experience,” according to a statement from the company, will include a pedestrian-friendly main street so shoppers can easily access interior shops and additional parking along with lighting upgrades, and new art, signs and paint. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-2020.

“Our vision for revitalizing Jefferson Pointe is to create a more vibrant and appealing environment for our guests and tenants and re-establish it as the premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Fort Wayne,” said Jeff McMahon, managing partner at RED, in the statement. “The upgrades, including, a new, interior main street with an engaging streetscape will combine the best of improved convenience throughout the courtyard and a dynamic environment with heightened walkability for shoppers, while also attracting new, best-in-class merchants.”

The new street will extend from the existing road in front of AMC Theatres to the fountain in front of Von Maur, with connections to the northern and southern parking lots. The street will feature “pedestrian-friendly design elements” that won’t interfere with community events.

Other components of the project include major aesthetic updates throughout the property such as lighting upgrades within interiors and exteriors of buildings, new art and décor throughout, a refresh of the property’s paint and signage and concrete and asphalt repairs.

“The new touches will enhance the ambiance of Jefferson Pointe and ensure it remains a place where families and friends can gather, socialize and enjoy increased accessibility to top-notch shopping and dining,” McMahon said. “The improved access, visibility and convenient parking will make Jefferson Pointe even more attractive to new, best-in-class tenants.”

Jefferson Pointe currently has over 60 shops and restaurants that are anchored by Von Maur. Its shops and restaurants include Victoria’s Secret, ULTA, Buckle, Old Navy, Panera Bread and Starbucks.

Goodbye, Sears

My store where I got Lands’ End clothes and Craftsman tools, just conveniently next door to Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop, has hit the wrecking ball.

Glenbrook Square’s former Sears building has been knocked to smithereens to make way for a new development.

The bankrupt national department store chain sold the Glenbrook Square property, which included its then-44-year-old building and auto center, in 2015 to Seritage SRC Finance, LLC. It plans to build a 90,000-square-foot multiple-tenant retail building attached to the mall. An 8,300-square-foot separate Portillo’s Chicago-style hot dogs restaurant with a drive-thru that will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. is planned for the project along with freestanding monument-style signs.

Glenbrook has been looking a lot different on the exterior in recent years as it has loss anchor stores as more shoppers look for convenience and deals online. It has added a P.F. Chang’s restaurant to the mall and its parking lot has made way for BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and a standalone Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Lisa Esquivel Long is a veteran Fort Wayne journalist and Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly editor. To submit items, send email to llong@kpcmedia.com or call 260-426-2640. ext. 3311.

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