Construction is set to begin this week on Electric Works after RTM Ventures closed today on $286 million in project financing, the developers announced.
Weigand Construction will create about 2,000 construction-related jobs while working on the west campus, which is expected to open in late 2022. Estimates call for the work to generate almost $300 million in economic impact during construction and almost $400 million in annual local economic impact when the campus opens.
Josh Parker, a partner in RTM Ventures, said the developers are ready to make the community's vision a reality for the mixed-use redevelopment of the former General Electric campus.
"Getting to this important point took the collaboration, commitment and passion of many, many people," he said in a statement. "We are grateful to our public and private sector partners for their continued support and belief in the potential of Fort Wayne and this project – and the profound positive impact it will have on the city, the region and the state."
The developers are updating dilapidated brick buildings to bring them up to today's standards. Electric Works will comprise office, co-working, research, retail and entertainment space in addition to a food hall and public market, a STEAM high school, primary care clinic and pharmacy.