- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Construction is set to start this summer on a riverfront development project in downtown Fort Wayne.

The City Council has approved $17 million in contracts for the first phase of the project along the banks of the St. Marys River. Those contracts include demolition, excavation and building a concrete dock wall, tree canopy trail and children’s playground.

Construction work is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

City parks director Al Moll says future phases will include extending a planned promenade and the tree canopy trail. Future phases will also focus on making property near the riverbank more attractive to private development, including shops, restaurants and housing.

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