State seeks development ideas for historic Fort Wayne

Louis Aguilar
The Detroit News

Detroit — Historic Fort Wayne is being considered for development by the state of Michigan.

Requests for proposals for "feasibility and land use study" of the 96-acre riverfront site in southwest Detroit were issued by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. earlier this year. The due date for those private development pitches was last month, according to the MEDC's request for proposal. The MEDC is the state's quasi-public agency that aims to attract and foster major investment. The state's proposal for Fort Wayne doesn't appear to have generated any previous media attention but news of it was posted Wednesday on social media by HistoricDetroit.org.


Exterior view of the main entrance to Fort Wayne and the historic barracks behind the gate.

Any proposal must "contemplate maintaining the historic integrity of Fort Wayne" says the request for bids. Later in the proposal, it states any possible redevelopment of the site could include traditional commercial real estate ideas such as housing or retail. Other possible developments could include "cultural development" or "logistics-related development," referring to warehouse and other transportation-oriented business that would benefit to Fort Wayne's close proximity to the U.S.-Canada border.

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