Electric Works Developers Gauging Public Market Interest

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The first phase of the Electric Works project is slated to begin this year. The first phase of the Electric Works project is slated to begin this year.
FORT WAYNE -

Developers of the $440 million Electric Works project in downtown Fort Wayne are seeking public input on a possible year-round public market. An online survey has been established for residents to fill out, which will be available until mid-June.

The survey says the public market would build on the success of the city's indoor and outdoor farmers' markets by providing more space for vendors, including those who would want to operate on a daily basis with cooking facilities and permanent retail displays.

"The public market is a key element of Electric Works because it will provide a unique community gathering space where local residents and visitors can buy foods grown and produced in northeast Indiana from local entrepreneurs," Jeff Kingsbury, a partner at Electric Works developer RTM Ventures, told our partners at WPTA-TV. "The envisioned public market builds on the success of the city’s farmers’ markets by providing an improved home for the outdoor farmers’ market while also providing indoor spaces for vendors who want temporary or permanent retail facilities.”

In February, the nonprofit Fort Wayne Public Market announced plans to become one of the first tenants at the $440 million mixed-use innovation district. The organization, which manages two existing farmers' markets in downtown Fort Wayne in the summer, said its goal was to create a permanent, year-round market.

The 10-minute online survey is available for residents to fill out now through June 15. A Spanish-language version is also available.

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