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18/43 Units Possibly Leased With 10 Months Until Opening

Progress On The Harrison Not Predicted To Pose Problems For Baseball Fans

After years of delays, construction on The Harrison, a business and apartment complex adjacent to Parkview Field, is moving quickly. The project is actually ahead of schedule.

Wednesday, NewsChannel 15 learned that ten apartment leases are almost complete. Security deposits have already been paid. Some are being leased by companies that plan to use them for business purposes and others are people intending to live there. In January, NewsChannel 15 reported that a bank, bar and law firm are also confirmed to move in. The city said a health club, cleaners and another business are likely to follow.

“Every day there’s been a few new emails or voice messages saying, ‘What’s going on? How’s the progress, I’m interested.’ It’s been well received by everybody in Fort Wayne,” Breck Geeting, a sales associate for BND Commercial , said.

While construction is moving along, the TinCaps will start its fourth season on Thursday, bringing thousands of fans to the field.

“We don’t see it creating a problem for vehicles or pedestrians. There are sidewalks on the other side of the street,” Michael Limmer, the vice president of marketing and promotions for the TinCaps, said.

The Harrison construction is closing an extra lane on West Jefferson and blocking a walkway. Police also aren’t anticipating any issues from the construction.

“If it looks like it’ll be a problem, we’ll adjust for it quickly, but I don’t think there will be a problem,” Marty Bender, the deputy chief for the Fort Wayne Police Department, said.

Inside Parkview Field, there aren’t any changes because of the construction. The only difference fans will see is being able to watch the cityscape change.

“People can sit in their seats as they come to games and see levels go up, the sides take shape and the windows go in and have it all done well before opening day in 2013,” Limmer said.

Geeting said a lot of progress should be made over the summer.

“People are really going to see a lot going on,” she said. “They’ll see pretty much the whole apartment complex being built up. As the summer goes on, we anticipate giving hard hat tours to potential clients.”

Representatives from BND Commercial will also be at the first game on Thursday to answer questions about the building. The 43 apartments range from 1 to 3 bedrooms, from 655 to 1555 square feet and from $905 to $2,150 a month in rent.

Limmer added when the four-story building is finished, it should help enhance the fan experience at a game.

“It will contain more of that crowd sound, so when there’s a big hit or a homerun, it will make it much more of an electric atmosphere. The sound will bounce back and the crowd noise will swell even more,” he said.

The Harrison should be finished with people moved in by February 1, 2013.



Categories: Entertainment, Harrison Square, Housing, Parkview Field, Shopping & Dining, TinCaps

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