Harrison Square

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Harrison Square is a mixed-use downtown revitalization project in Fort Wayne, IN. The project includes a ballpark that is primarily used for baseball, home field to the Fort Wayne TinCaps minor league baseball team. Also included are new retail and condominium developments, Courtyard by Marriott to serve Grand Wayne Convention Center and Embassy Theatre patrons, and an adjoining park with amphitheater and fountain.

Parkview Field[edit]

Parkview Field in 2009.

The ballpark at Harrison Square is valued at $30 million with fixed seating of 6,000 and a capacity of 8,000 to 9,000 with the inclusion of non-fixed seats such as berm seating (estimated at 1,000) and bar and table top seating, as well as other non-fixed seating arrangements.

Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event) was selected to design the ballpark, which features a retro design that takes cues from the architecture of familiar Downtown Fort Wayne landmarks. The ballpark is located at the corner of West Brackenridge Street and Ewing Street.

On September 11, 2008, Parkview Health System announced a 10-year naming rights deal that would dub the ballpark Parkview Field and have the sponsor provide health and food services there.

Apartments[edit]

The Harrison Apartments at Harrison Square are valued at $14.5 million and will number 44 residential units. There will be 2 levels of condominiums on top of the retail and office portions of the project and the condominiums facing south will have a view into the ballpark. There were originally three phases of residential included in the Harrison Square plan. The second and third phases are contracted to be completed after the prior phase has reached capacity.

Retail[edit]

The retail portion of the project is valued at $6 million and will cover 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2) at the base of the condominiums along Jefferson Boulevard. Retail facing south will also have a view into the ballpark. Currently, a Three Rivers Federal Credit Union has opened to the public, as well as Indianapolis based O'Reilly Irish Bar and Restaurant.

Hotel[edit]

A 250-room Courtyard by Marriott is situated at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Harrison Street. A skywalk was erected over Harrison Street in 2010 between the third floor of the hotel and the Embassy Theatre. The hotel will also include a Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant.

Parking garage[edit]

A $10 million parking garage, located at the corner of Harrison Street and Douglas Avenue, houses 900 parking spaces, 300 spaces dedicated to the Courtyard by Marriott.

On Thursday, 18 December 2008, construction workers punctured a natural gas line with dirt-moving equipment, causing an isolated fire that burned for over an hour. No injuries and only minimal damage to the parking garage were reported.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zennie, Michael (2008-12-19). "Fire hits garage at Harrison Square". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 

Coordinates: 41°4′28″N 85°8′31.5″W / 41.07444°N 85.142083°W / 41.07444; -85.142083

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