Councilor: Grocery store will anchor Fort Wayne neighborhood
Construction continues on the Pontiac Street Market, a full-service grocery store that will serve an area in Fort Wayne designated as a food desert. Fort Wayne City Councilor Michelle Chambers told our partners at WPTA-TV on Tuesday the store will lead to additional development.
Officials broke ground in March on the project, which is being developed in partnership with Parkview Regional Medical Center and Affiliates.
When complete, the store will offer fresh produce, meat, dairy, and baked goods, and also feature prepared foods, a sandwich counter and grocery pickup, according to the city.
Chambers told WPTA the project will be an anchor for the community.
“One grocery store means there’s an opportunity for more retail,” Chambers said. “There could be a doctor’s office there. There could be a medical clinic there. There could just be additional retail. It creates that anchor, and you can add to it and add to it. And, then what does it become? A full, full, walkable, livable neighborhood.”
City officials are also continuing to seek public input on the project. An open house was held Tuesday night, and two more are set to take place in the coming weeks.
The Pontiac Street Market is set to open this fall.
Additionally, the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market is set to begin its summer season on Saturday at its new location inside the Electric Works mixed-use innovation district.
WPTA reports the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays this summer and fall.