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Northeast Indiana’s first food hall and public market will be known as Union Street Market, its name harkening back to the earliest days of the former General Electric campus, where it will open fall 2022.

Modeled on many of the country’s most successful market halls, Union Street Market will offer a range of regionally sourced foods and beverages in a historic setting at Electric Works. Driven by its mission to support local farmers and food producers while enhancing community wellness and providing access to healthy foods, Union Street Market will feature 20-plus merchants open daily and also serve as the permanent home of the Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market. Merchants already committed to Union Street Market include Joseph Decuis and Conjure Coffee.

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The Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market will make historic McCulloch Park its home this summer as it prepares for its permanent relocation to Electric Works in 2022, and to accommodate its growing list of vendors.

The market will begin its summer outdoor season on Saturday, May 15, with more than 60 local and regional vendors expected to participate. It will move to two days a week beginning June 16, operating from 3–7pm each Wednesday and 9am–1pm each Saturday through the summer. The market will feature live entertainment at the park’s gazebo, as well as other family-friendly activities throughout the summer. Multilingual signage and banners will be present as well.

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The National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC), an organization that supports the country’s architectural heritage, community development, and renewable energy initiatives through the provision of Federal and State Historic Preservation, Low-Income Housing, Renewable Energy, and New Markets Tax Credits, provided critical capital sources for Electric Works. This includes $35.7 million in federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) equity and $12.5 million in New Markets Tax Credit Allocation; this represents NTCIC’s largest Historic Tax Credit investment in NTCIC history.

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

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