Is the City moving forward on the out-of-sight, out-of-mind North River project? This past February, the City sent a request to Senator Richard Lugar’s office asking for $295,000 to fund a section 216 study to review the old Flood Control Project completed in downtown Fort Wayne in 1989.
I always get nervous when I hear talk of messing with the dynamics of the St. Mary’s River. Since the completion of the massive flood control projects implemented by the Corps, my area floods on a much more frequent basis. Every time the City puts up a new wall or levee, it simply forces the water elsewhere.
Flood of February 2008
The request asks the Army Corps of Engineers – an agency which sure doesn’t make me comfortable given its past suggestions and practices – to review the St. Mary’s River environment to determine if modifications are advisable in preparation for the anticipated “brownfield” space renovation.
The request indicates that the North River project is the next step in expanding the success of Headwaters Park. Of course, those who have followed this project remember that the option expired last year in December and the owners of Omni Source extended the option with no charge to this past June. Not much has been forthcoming about the project – unless of course I have missed something.
Here is another thought – lately we have been hearing more and more about building a casino in Fort Wayne. What do you want to bet the City is getting ready – through its request for a flood study and review – to pursue a casino for the North River area. I guess we will have to wait and see, but it sure seems like the casino issue is arising much more frequently and what better place to locate it than the North River area?
Casinos and rivers – rivers and casinos.