The development team behind Electric Works announced today that it has closed on $286 million in project financing. Officials say they will now invest more than $200 million alone over the next 24 months to redevelop the historic former General Electric campus.

Weigand Construction has already begun mobilizing for the massive redevelopment project that will ultimately create and support approximately 2,000 construction-related jobs. The project – first introduced back in 2017 when RTM Ventures acquired the property from General Electric – will play a pivotal and critical role in helping the local and regional economy recover and regain its momentum.

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The Allen County Board of Commissioners is closing out 2020 by making good on its financial commitment to the Electric Works project.

Commissioners wired the $3.5 million promised to the project’s developers just before the Christmas holiday. The county’s investment is in addition to the $1 million provided in the fall of 2018 so that remediation work could begin at the former General Electric campus site.

As early supporters of Electric Works, the Board of Commissioners is excited to see the project begin in earnest in 2021. “This project will have a sizable economic impact during construction and will help lead us to our fifth straight year of $1 billion in construction projects in Allen County,” the commissioners said in a joint statement. “We are glad to see business retention and expansion taking place, in addition to the new companies and jobs coming to our community.”

The first phase of Electric Works includes more than 700,000 square feet of space and offers office, innovation, education, healthcare, retail, entertainment, and community uses to create new opportunities for inclusive economic growth. The ultimate vision is for a well-conceptualized, mixed-use district of innovation, culture and community that is seamlessly integrated with other downtown development projects currently underway.

Source: Allen County Board of Commissioners