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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Guests explore the interior of a single bedroom apartment at Bottle Works Lofts on East Pontiac Street on Monday after the grand opening hosted by the city of Fort Wayne, Miller Valentine officials, Vincent Village and community leaders.  

Monday, May 13, 2019 3:00 pm

Officials celebrate Bottle Works Lofts opening

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

With 70 percent of units already leased, officials today celebrated the opening of Bottle Works Lofts, a project combining  historic preservation with affordable housing on Fort Wayne's southeast side.

The former Coca Cola bottling plant at 1631 E. Pontiac St. has over the last few years  become 31 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units whose residents, although low-income, will never spend more than 30% of their income on rent.

The apartments fill a need, said Denise Andorfer, executive director of Vincent Village, a co-developer of the project. The agency also will play a continuing role as a resource provider for residents.

"It will allow people not to be rent-burdened," she said, adding that 41 percent of local renters are paying more than 30 percent for housing and as a result find themselves having to choose between paying rent and food, utilities, child-care or transportation.

rsalter@jg.net