New commercial, office and parking project planned for downtown Fort Wayne
By Kevin Leininger | News-Sentinel
Downtown Fort Wayne’s skyline is poised to grow again thanks to a multimillion-dollar mixed-use and parking project proposed by the same group whose recent $20 million renovation of an adjacent building produced the city’s first million-dollar condos.
According to documents filed with the Fort Wayne Plan Commission, Ashberry Eight LLC wants to erect a three-component project to the west of Harrison Street and bounded by Main Street and Berry streets and Maiden Lane. Plans envision a four-story office building containing 29,000 square feet, a one-story retail/restaurant structure of nearly 4,000 square feet and a six-level, 155,000-square-foot parking garage containing 379 spaces. City officials and others have said downtown parking is often scarce, and a new study is evaluating the need for more.
Principals in Ashberry Eight include developers Barry and Brad Sturges, Tony Brita and Tim Ash, whose new brokerage headquarters is adjacent to this project. The group bought the Fifth Third Metro Center at 202 W. Berry in 2016 and is converting the building into “202Metro” offering upscale office, retail and residential space — including 10 condos, some of which are offered at more than $1 million.
Ashberry representatives were not immediately available for comment, but The News-Sentinel reported last year that the Metro Building upgrade could be the first of a two-part project representing an investment rivaling that spent on the Metro Building.
The project apparently would result in the demolition of the century-old Oddfellows hall at 222 W. Berry St., which Ashberry purchased earlier this year.
The Plan Commission could consider the proposal next month.