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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:33 am

Parkview Health eyes space at Electric Works

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Parkview Health announced today it will lease space at Electric Works, the planned redevelopment of the former General Electric campus south of downtown. 

Parkview and developer RTM Ventures are working to finalize a 10-year lease agreement, according to a news release. 

"This is a true community development project, and it will take the leadership of this community to be successful," Josh Parker of RTM said in a statement. "We're incredibly grateful to Parkview for their commitment to the future of downtown Fort Wayne and the entire northeast Indiana region." 

Plans call for Parkview to open a clinic at Electric Works, which also will house shops and "dedicated research and innovation space." 

The Fort Wayne City Council will vote tonight on a $10 million Legacy Fund request for the site. That is part of a $62 million public commitment to the project. The first phase of the project is expected to cost $221 million. 

"We believe in the redemptive qualities of this project and its potential to make our region more competitive when it comes to talent attraction," Parkview Health President and CEO Mike Packnett said in the statement. "We recognize that this project – and others currently underway in our community – are crucial to advancing our region as a destination for business growth, strong neighborhoods and quality of place characteristics that are attractive and unique." 

Parkview is the area's largest employer, with more than 12,000 employees. 

"I'm encouraged by Parkview Health's planned investment in the Electric Works project," Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said in the news release. "Parkview continues to demonstrate a strong commitment and willingness to make a lasting and meaningful difference in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana. Parkview will be a valued partner in our collective efforts to help make the unique Electric Works initiative a reality and success." 

mleblanc@jg.net.