Monday, October 1, 2007

Positive Downtown Development Continues

Catalyst buys Fort Wayne Printing building

"The Fort Wayne Printing building, constructed about 1911, is one of six buildings that make up Midtowne Crossing.

Catalyst already occupies about 7,500 square feet of space in another Midtowne Crossing building, known as the Schmitz Block, at the corner of Calhoun Street and Washington Boulevard. The printing building, purchased this summer, will give the agency another 2,200 square feet to expand."

"The printing building, at 114 W. Washington Blvd., is separated from Catalyst’s current offices by a small vestibule that serves residents in the Midtowne residential condominiums on the upper floors. The firm hasn’t decided yet whether to try to move the vestibule to connect the two spaces or to leave them separate, Kucinsky said.

Catalyst moved into its current space in 2001. The interior of the offices, created by Design Collaborative, is colorful and contemporary — a sharp contrast to the intricately carved Richardsonian Romanesque limestone exterior."

"The neoclassical printing building is one of the few known works of a local architect, Ralph Morrison Snyder, according to a history compiled for Midtowne Crossing, a mixed-used downtown redevelopment project completed in 1990. The printing building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 and to the Local Historic Register in 1989. The Schmitz Block was added to the historic registers at the same time."

"The remodeling work on the new space will be done sometime over the next year, Kucinsky said."