In the November 3, 2008, Redevelopment Commission meeting, it had been stated that removal of the East building and asphalt parking lot would cost approximately $194,000. This was a rough estimate. The thinking at that time was the asphalt would remain on-site for recycling use by the City.
Another option being explored at that point was that the building, the back part of the structure where automobile work had been accomplished, would be removed by another group who would then re-locate the structure for their use.
Obviously, nothing came of this proposal as today a press release from the City stated:
Redevelopment Commission plans demolition of building at Former Dimension Ford site next month
Location within floodplain will become green space
The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission plans to demolish the east building at the former Dimension Ford site on West Jefferson Boulevard next month as part of the commission’s plans to return the land to green space.
The commission will open bids for the removal the building at its meeting May 11. The City expects demolition to begin in late May and finish in June. The building has structural steel that can be recycled or reused.
Last year, the Redevelopment Commission purchased the property adjacent to the St. Marys River. The east portion of the land is prone to flooding and will be turned over the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department to be maintained as green space. The west building will remain, and the commission has that portion of the property for sale.
Companies interested in bidding for the demolition should contact the Redevelopment Department at 427-1127.