Groundbreaking

Business and city of Fort Wayne government leaders break ground Oct. 13 on what will be a new 150,000-square-foot building.

With the brand-new Amazon Delivery Station in the background, business and city government leaders broke ground Oct. 13 on what will be a new 150,000-square-foot building.

The $6.5 million project is made possible through a public-private partnership among Fort Wayne’s Redevelopment Commission, Great Lakes Capital and the Hagerman Group. Those same three entities collaborated on the neighboring Amazon building.

“It’s a challenge building a building when we don’t know who the end user is,” said Chris Moore of Hagerman.

So this structure will be built with the ability to add options, such as an extra 90,000 square feet to the north and an 8,000-square-foot mezzanine floor. It will be built with five docks, but framed for an extra 19 docks should the buyer need it. They could put in up to an 8-inch concrete floor, he said.

The new building will be located on a 21-acre site near Fort Wayne International Airport at 8645 Aviation Drive in Airport Business Center North. It has easy access to both Interstate 469 and Interstate 69.

Workers have already started moving earth and expect the pre-engineered metal building to arrive in December.

“By early May the shell building should be complete,” Moore said.

Nancy Townsend of the city thanked the Redevelopment Commission for their willingness to take a chance on the first shell building. “We can’t do anything alone,” she said, referencing the collaboration with Hagerman and Great Lakes Capital.

The Redevelopment Commission assists developers through reimbursement of interest expenses during the construction and lease-up period.

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