Council Approves Downtown Campus Funding

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The Fort Wayne City Council has approved a plan to use $3 million of the city's Legacy Fund for a University of Saint Francis downtown campus. The Journal Gazette reports the project will cost more than $12 million and involve the renovation of two historic buildings. Fort Wayne's Legacy Fund uses proceeds from the sale of the city's old electric utility. The plan calls for the former Chamber of Commerce building to house the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The USF Performing Arts Center, which used to be the Scottish Rite Center, will end up with the Media Entrepreneurship Technology in the Arts program and a music technology program.

Council member John Crawford was the only vote against the initiative. The newspaper reports he supports the project, but believe the Legacy funds can be better used elsewhere.Source: Journal Gazette