Fort Wayne Master Plan

Historic Fort Wayne is an 83-acre site located on the Detroit River in Southwest Detroit that has the potential to become a highly compelling destination and serve as an important community amenity for the city. Built in 1843, the Star Fort and accompanying military buildings / residences are among the most captivating historic features in the region, yet years of neglect left many buildings in critical need of repair. MEDC hired HAA, as well as HR&A, an economic development firm, to develop a vision for Fort Wayne as an actively programmed cultural, recreational and educational destination that celebrates the site’s unique history, serves diverse users, and supports regional economic growth.
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Planning / Urban Design / Site Design / 2015

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The concept plan created by HAA achieves desired goals for the Fort Wayne site through a series of short-term and long term investments."

The concept plan for the Fort Wayne site achieves the desired goals through a series of short-term and long term investments including the stabilization and rehabilitation of historic structures and site infrastructure; enhancement of recreational opportunities through the improvement of existing and the creation of additional facilities and assets; transformation of the waterfront into a vibrant destination that can host active and passive recreational activities; and gradual re-purposing of historic structures for diverse uses including cultural, institutional, non-profit and small-scale production activities.

Disciplines

  • Planning / Urban Design
  • Site Design

Type(s)

  • Cultural

Services

  • Facilities Assessment
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Master Planning
  • Programming
  • Site Design
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Sustainable Design

Client

  • HR&A ADVISORS, INC.

LOCATION

  • DETROIT, MI

AWARDS

  • MICHIGAN CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS - MERIT AWARD (2016)
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