Making history, again.


The Landing


Fort Wayne, Indiana



100,000 SF Renovation

35,000 SF New Construction


70 apartments, 8 restaurants,
and 6 large commercial
tenant spaces, streetscape design

Team Leader

Zachary Benedict

Zach Benedict

AIA, LEED AP, Principal

For more than 185 years, The Landing has been a central figure in Fort Wayne’s history. After lying dormant for years, its rebirth will make history all over again.

Columbia Street (affectionately referred to as “The Landing” for generations) has a long history in downtown Fort Wayne. As one of the oldest commercial districts in northern Indiana, the area had been underutilized for decades. Recent resurgence in downtown redevelopment sparked a renewed interest in the area.


Envisioned as a mixed-use development designed for work-live-play, this public/private partnership between the City of Fort Wayne and The Model Group (developer of “Over-the-Rhine” district in downtown Cincinnati) utilizes a complex financial model to make this complicated project a reality.


While the historic buildings will be carefully restored, a new four-story mixed building will be positioned in the heart of the development. The new construction will honor the scale and character of its historic neighbors while clearly moving The Landing into the 21st century.


With the commencement of riverfront development one block north, and the projected growth of the Arts District one block to the east, the location of The Landing perfectly fits its goal – to be a catalyst for continued interest and growth in downtown Fort Wayne.

The Landing Gateway Markers


Rather than a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of The Landing streetscape, there was a lifting of the gates. In addition to the careful restoration and reuse of numerous buildings, MKM architecture + design led the design of The Landing Gateway Markers. Designed as a place to work, live, and play, special importance was given to the streetscape as a gathering and pedestrian-friendly place.


The street, soon to be buzzing with new businesses ranging from boutiques to restaurants is designed as a complete street, calming automobile traffic and heightening pedestrian mobility. What resulted is a district gateway system, protecting pedestrians from regular street traffic, but allowing for street access as needed.


The design for the Gateway Markers was inspired by industrial age canal lanterns calling back to The Landing’s history. The challenge was to marry the design inspiration with a functional gating system. Our team developed prototypes by hand sketching and 3D modeling, completing a series of 3D diagrams and construction documents for the markers.


Yellow gate arms, coordinating with The Landing’s signature branding developed by One Lucky Guitar, nest into a latticed metal structure on each end of the historic district. When lowered, the gates create a barrier indicating vehicles are unable to pass through. However, the design did take into consideration the potential of vehicular strikes to the gates, resulting in breakaway arms that prevent damage to the overall structure. MKM worked closely with Structural Engineering Services to achieve a design that prevents potential damage to the metal frame if a vehicle were to strike the concrete base. At night, the tops of the Gateway Markers are illuminated, reminiscent of the canal lanterns that once guided boats on their way to The Landing.   


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