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Plans filed to develop land near airport

September 6, 2018

A Minnesota development company already involved in two other high-profile Fort Wayne projects is now proposing an industrial park on about 66 acres of vacant land near Fort Wayne International Airport.

The property is now owned by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. But talks are underway for an acquisition by Continental Property Group, Wayzata, Minnesota, Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports, confirmed Thursday.

Continental is the developer of a $62 million Riverfront area mixed-use development in Fort Wayne. That project includes a 1,000-space parking garage, 150 residential units and retail space.

Last month, Continental was the sole party responding on time to a city request for proposals for developing the North River property.  That land, on North Clinton Street across from Science Central, was formerly occupied by an OmniSource metals processing facility. Continental proposed another mixed-use project anchored by the proposed Headwaters Junction railroad history attraction.

For the airport authority’s land, Continental proposes three buildings and a cluster of three smaller buildings. The development’s address is 9600 Smith Road, from which it would be accessed.

rsalter@jg.net

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