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Fort Wayne Community Schools reaffirmed its commitment to Electric Works on Monday with a unanimous board vote endorsing an intent to lease about 26,000 square feet of renovated classroom space.

Terms of the lease will be negotiated and brought to the board for approval by August.

“It’s important for us because we’re the K-12 aspect” of the Electric Works project, said Superintendent Wendy Robinson. “Most of the conversations are around businesses and higher ed. We’re actively involved in those conversations, too.”

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Joseph Decuis today announced plans to locate a more casual version of its fine-dining restaurant at Electric Works. While the restaurant’s official name and identity are still being developed, it will carry the Joseph Decuis brand and feature an extensive wine list and creative, unique menu built around the restaurant’s renowned Wagyu beef.

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Authors Jim and Deborah Fallows toured Electric Works recently as part of a broader northern Indiana tour he was conducting on a series of stories for The Atlantic magazine. They’re writing about how towns and cities in the industrial Midwest are reinventing themselves.

One of Fallows’ takeaways from the visit was breadth and depth of civic-engagement. “The funding of this project is an epitome of ‘public-private partnership’—a phrase that…is seen in Washington as a euphemism for ‘payoffs’ or ‘log-rolling,’ but at the local level appears to be a key ingredient in getting things done.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2019/04/fort-wayne-makes-its-own-luck/587659/

The $440 million development called Electric Works is intended to breathe life into a hulking abandoned property that was at the heart of Fort Wayne’s bygone manufacturing era.

“The emotional weight that the industrial complex has on this community can’t be overstated,” said Josh Parker, partner at RTM Ventures, the company behind the project. “It’s not just what we’re doing on our site, but what that brings to the larger area.”

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“Purdue, with nearly a century of experience in using academic research to develop private-sector solutions, is well positioned to become a partner in the innovation space at Electric Works.

In addition to West Lafayette’s Purdue Research Park, the university has business incubators in Merrillville, Indianapolis and New Albany. Why not Fort Wayne?”

Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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