Barry Real Estate, Harrison Square developers, had been scheduled to give a presentation to the Fort Wayne City Council during their next meeting on the 18th of November. Â Due to an unplanned extra budget hearing and numerous other items on the agenda, this has been pushed back to the 25th of November. Â Also during this time, White Lodging Services will be presenting information to the Council as well.
This is pure speculation on my part, but given the current state of the economy, I have a feeling we could be in for some bad news.
According to the Definitive Agreement signed for the new hotel, permits and approvals were to be obtained by September 1, 2008. Â I made a quick phone call to the Building Department this afternoon to learn that there have been no permits issued as of yet for the hotel area. Â The address I gave them to look up was the address listed on the Tax Abatement application filed by White Lodging. Â Further, when I asked if there had been any activity in that block, I was transferred to the City’s Economic Development Department. Â
The Definitive Agreement goes on to state that construction was supposed to commence by November 1, 2008. Â Nothing has been announced or started on that front either.