Visitors to Jefferson Pointe will have a new experience : being able to drive up to, and park in front of, stores on the interior pedestrian mall.
That’s the plan the center’s developers want the Fort Wayne Plan Commission to approve in upcoming weeks.
RED Development of Overland Park, Kansas, is proposing to run a private street with a roundabout through the middle of the popular lifestyle shopping center in southwest Fort Wayne. The new street would mean the interior of the center, now accessible only by foot, could be reached by vehicle from entrances on Illinois Road and West Jefferson Boulevard.
Jeff McMahon of RED Development said Wednesday the roundabout is located where the central fountain is now. “We’ll do everything we can to preserve the fountain,” he said.
However, the fountain may have be be raised to accommodate topographic requirements, he said. The fountain is a gathering spot for summertime Friday night music performances and Christmas-season activities.
The new street is being designed so it can be closed for special events, McMahon said. It will also include pedestrian walkways.
The benefit of the change, McMahon said, is quicker access and higher visibility for stores on the inside of the center. He said he did not have Jefferson Pointe’s current vacancy rate, but the feature should make it easier to attract retailers.
None of the changes will go into effect for the upcoming holiday shopping season, McMahon said.