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Power Engineering Program in Downtown Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, Indiana, is already booming, with $800 million in investment already flowing into the city's downtown core. That's why the development of a utility power facility is good news for the city. The sprawling development will bring new life to the 39-acre Fort Wayne, once home to General Electric's headquarters in Fort Wayne, as well as the already reborn Fort Wayne. Cities bring new impetus.

How big is this new project? The electrical engineering is one of the largest rebuilds in the entire Midwest. The project includes 18 buildings that will be transformed into 1.2 million square feet of commercial, retail, education, residential, hospitality and community space.

The project's developer, RTM Ventures, said the goal of the project was to attract high-paying jobs, top talent and substantial investment capital to a city with a strong economy.

“This is a huge, bold, massive project,” said Kevan Biggs, development partner at RTM Ventures. "It's really a huge campus. You can't venture into a program like this and take a bite out. We need the right size and scale to have a meaningful impact."

The first phase of the project, known as the West Campus, will include about 712,000 square feet and cost an estimated $248 million. The developer passed the last of six financing hurdles last November. Twelve tenants have signed lease agreements for power facilities. Construction is expected to start in June this year.

The electrical engineering campus is an important piece of land in Fort Wayne. The history of the campus dates back to the founding of the Fort Wayne Electric Company in the late 19th century. The oldest building on campus is believed to date back to 1893.

General Electric bought the company in the early 1900s and eventually built four large manufacturing buildings on the land. The place peaked in the late 1940s, when the campus employed about 40 percent of the Fort Wayne workforce.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. President and CEO John

Urbahns said the power plant — which emphasizes building an innovation community in Fort Wayne — was the right choice.

"Most people in the community have some connection to that campus," the Bahraini said. "It represents our community's legacy of entrepreneurship, creativity and manufacturing. It has always been at the heart of our community. This is the next step. This project will impact not just downtown Fort Wayne, but the communities around it. "The scale of this project makes it even more important how we move forward."

Another goal? Build a walkable neighborhood. Biggs said the power project will feature restaurants, shops and recreational facilities. There will also be housing options here. People will work in technology spaces in offices and campuses.

“This will be the first community of its kind in Fort Wayne, but these walkable communities are nothing new across the country,” Biggs said. This would be an ideal combination for the businesses it serves.”

Biggs said RTM Ventures is still two and a half years away from the first phase of development. That hasn't dampened interest in the project, though. Biggs said RTM has prepared expressions of interest for about 125,000 square feet for the first phase.

"These companies are willing to wait for this product to go live," Biggs said. "I am absolutely confident that as we enter the window of normal decision-making in most businesses, we will be able to speed up our activities and get this project up and running quickly."

Urbahns said the power project is more evidence that Fort Wayne is in the midst of a commercial real estate boom. Office vacancy rates across Fort Wayne are currently around 10 percent, while downtown vacancy rates have dropped to 7 percent, he said. The vacancy rate for industrial space was even lower, at 4 percent, Urbahns said.

"There's not a lot of office space on the market right now," Urbahns said. "We need more Grade A office space. We need projects like electrical engineering to attract companies to Fort Wayne. The market is tight right now. We do need products like this to help us continue to grow."

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