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Re: OmniSource site, Headwaters Junction and Nickel Plate 624

Postby nathansixchime » Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:02 pm

Steve,

That's not an unrealistic scenario and you're right - if we're talking about rebuilding railroads and roundhouse, what's a little side track to Franke Park?

I submitted an high level overview of the options to the HWJ board so folks get the lay of the land and included this option. The biggest obstacle - other than the obvious need to get control of the GR&I (NS would not likely entertain trackage rights with passengers...) there is all the private land you'd have to acquire. It makes West Wayne more viable-ish and the back door into Franke Park is kinda neat, but we'll fight for North River until something else swoops in.
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Re: OmniSource site, Headwaters Junction and Nickel Plate 624

Postby nathansixchime » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:03 am

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Re: OmniSource site, Headwaters Junction and Nickel Plate 624

Postby Bob Durnell » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:42 am

Kelly, as much as I am not really a fan of it, the City of Fort Wayne has already shown it's willingness to play the eminent domain card to get the riverfront project rolling. Is there any chance that tactic could be used to get Headwater's junction moving forward? I'm concerned that property owners might use the very specific property and location needs of HWJ against it to hold out for a King's Ransom, and the chance for those with deeper pockets to swoop in and take the most attractive properties. Despite the alternative of West Wayne, I just feel that a Headwaters location is essential for the project to meet it's full potential. As you have suggested, it's important for HWJ to be seen as much more that just a "train museum".
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Re: OmniSource site, Headwaters Junction and Nickel Plate 624

Postby nathansixchime » Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:37 pm

Bob,

The city has a purchase agreement and the funding, they just need council's approval: http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local ... ort-wayne/

I was at the preliminarily council meeting last week and will be there this Tuesday for the regular session. I think it will pass with a slim margin. The presentation last week by the city attorney, a developer and the architect firm of a company that was going to locate there but went elsewhere made a pretty compelling case.

If the city does get the property, my biggest problem are folks who would rather see IU Health there...
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Re: OmniSource site, Headwaters Junction and Nickel Plate 624

Postby Bob Durnell » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:03 pm

Nothing against IU Health, I never want to discourage economic development and good paying jobs, but their needs are MUCH more flexible than Headwaters Junction's as you well know. There are probably fifty locations that would meet their needs, and only a couple that meet the needs of HWJ. I sincerely hope that the decision makers in this city fully understand that. I DO kind of find it hilarious though that for most of my life, the hospitals in this town have been trying to beat a path to the suburbs, and now they want a new St Joe downtown AND IU Health.
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Re: OmniSource site, Headwaters Junction and Nickel Plate 624

Postby nathansixchime » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:42 am

City will move to acquire North River:

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/loca ... r-purchase

I was just looking at photos of the NYC freight house this morning. What a shame...

But things are about to get very interesting.
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