Situated on 75 acres near the corner of Diebold and Union Chapel roads sits a development that is not only new to the north side of Fort Wayne, but to the city as a whole. Providence Place is a luxury live, work, play mixed-use development that will offer all living preferences, along with essential retail, office and commercial establishments.
“This vision has been in the works since about 2015,” says Jeff Thomas of Vasari Development. “Allen County didn’t have the zoning to get something like this approved, so we had to work through that. We were involved with a lot of meetings and rezoning to put together this concept that really hasn’t been done in Allen County previously. Most developments in this area are single structure, but Providence Place is a community.”
While the land and development as a whole is Providence Place, each pocket has its own esteem, one of which is Arcadia Apartments — a 216-unit complex fit for a wide age range and demographic, from young professionals to families to retirees. The complex boasts a variety of custom-designed one, two and three bedroom apartment homes with charming interior details and private garages. With connections to the Parkview trail systems, residents will have walkable access to area employers, with future plans of commercial retail and office space within the community itself.
“This space is truly for anyone that wants to live in a community that encompasses a neighborhood feel — a front yard or porch community that at the same time has all of their basic necessities and luxuries within walking distance,” says Marketing Director Charlotte Tompkins. “The residents are genuinely going to enjoy living here.”
Available throughout the community is bluetooth keyless access, resort-style living spaces including a high-end swimming pool with luxury lounging, an outdoor fireplace, elite fitness center, community lounge, pickleball court and even an on-site dog park.
Single-family dwellings and row homes will also be a part of Providence Place, providing additional living options. Inspiration for the look and feel of the apartments and townhomes was drawn from The Village of West Clay, Indiana and Old Town, Georgia, marrying old-town esteem with modern day amenities.
“The first floor of the townhomes will match the street elevation in the front,” explains Thomas. “The private garages will be in the back underneath the house. It’s only because of the topography that we were able to accomplish this. The front of the homes will be beautiful — all landscape, a lot of common area and sidewalks.”
Nestled behind the apartments, townhomes and future commercial space is another gem within Providence Place — Allen County’s only winery, Vinland Reserve Winery. A destination for relaxation and togetherness, Vinland opened its doors in May 2023 and features luxurious indoor seating and dining, private rooms, outdoor seating and fire pits, all overlooking a picturesque pond surrounded by nature.
“Providence Place is comparable to living downtown, in a way, as all of these amenities are within steps or a short commute,” stresses Tompkins. “This is huge for the north side of Fort Wayne. This is all within your neighborhood.”
The winery and future commercial space are of course open to those who do not reside in Providence Place, too.
“There will be parking within the commercial area and abundant parking is available at Vinland,” says Thomas. “But our hope is that people don’t need to use their cars as much. We want to be as eco-forward as possible. There are two trails connected to Providence Place and we encourage visitors to walk or bike if the commute is reasonable and if they’re able.”
A development project of this stature is not achieved without extensive planning, research and communication between the teams and individuals involved. Fortunately for Vasari Development, Novati Construction and Arcadia Apartments, everything has gone smoothly thanks to all of the hardworking and dedicated team members.
“We have all worked so closely together,” says Jeanne Young, president of Novati Construction. “Although we are different entities, we act and work as one. We’ve engaged all local suppliers and subcontractors throughout this project, keeping everything right here in house and in this region. From the planning stages to design meetings to breaking ground, communication has been key — we want to see this all come together successfully for the community.”
For more information on Arcadia Apartments at Providence Place and for leasing info, please contact (260) 321-7270 or visit arcadiafw.com.