Harrison Update Set for June 13

By Scott Sarvay
By Ryan Elijah

May 31, 2011 Updated May 31, 2011 at 6:11 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The CEO of Barry Real Estate, Chris Schoen, will present an update on the status of The Harrison to the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission and the community on Monday, June 13.

The Mayor told Indiana's NewsCenter last week that his office was "firm" in requesting Barry Real Estate give an update at tonight's council meeting, but that update will how have to wait two weeks.

The Mayor's office said today the latest date was accepted to accommodate schedules.

The City says it's satisfied that progress continues to be made, late last week the Mayor said it's important the final details are firm before the project start

"this is a very complex project, especially in light of the economy. They want to make sure everything is in place to start. The last think we want is for the building to start and then stop halfway through" said Mayor Henry.

The May 31st date is the latest deadline to be missed on a project that was scheduled to be completed in 2009. After a May 1st groundbreaking passed last month, Barry Real Estate issued a brief statement that promised a "full update" by May 31st, Schoen said the complex project required some additional time.

Mayor Tom Henry requested this account in a letter to the Redevelopment Commission on May 9 after the developer’s early May groundbreaking target had passed without action.

The Mayor has agreed to this timeline although it extends beyond the established May 31 deadline. This date is the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Redevelopment Commission.

The Redevelopment Commission meeting will take place at 4pm in Citizens Square.

Former Allen County Council President and Republican nominee for Mayor of Fort Wayne Paula Hughes said, "I thought May 31st was the drop dead deadline. This administration seems very fond of setting artificial deadlines and then just rolling right past them. We should have done this locally to begin with. I would have called the ball a long time ago with Barry Real Estate."

Hughes says she believes Henry is giving Barry Real Estate lots of leeway out of fear the project will collapse entirely if the Atlanta developer is pushed out of the picture.




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