New York Firm Exploring New Uses for Detroit’s Fort Wayne

The state of Michigan wants to prepare the area for increased traffic after the NITC is completed.

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The state of Michigan is looking into potential ways to revive Detroit’s historic Fort Wayne. A special projects adviser to Governor Snyder, Andy Doctoroff, says many of Fort Wayne’s buildings have closed over the years, or been underutilized. He says the opening of the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor presents an opportunity for the site to receive more attention.

“There will be access from the customs plaza leading directly to the Fort. So there is this opportunity to have a lot of visitors on the site for the first time in many years.”

Doctoroff says the state has hired a firm from New York City to evaluate development options for the Fort, while preserving its historic value. He says he expects to receive the company’s recommendations by the end of the year.