A Fort Wayne nonprofit has announced plans to be one of the inaugural tenants at the massive $440 million Electric Works development in the city’s downtown. Fort Wayne Public Market says the site at the former General Electric campus will accommodate a wide variety of needs and offer flexibility.
FWPM was formed in 2017 through a collaboration among Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market and the City of Fort Wayne’s Public Market Taskforce. FWPM currently manages two existing markets that operate during the summer in downtown Fort Wayne.
The organization says its centralized location at Electric Works will allow it to reach its goal of operating a year-round, permanent, indoor-outdoor public market in downtown Fort Wayne.
"The overwhelming success of the current Saturday markets has shown that Fort Wayne is ready for something bigger," says Jered Blanchard, president of the Fort Wayne Public Market board. "By moving into a permanent location at Electric Works, we hope to create an exciting and unique destination for regional residents. With this move, the engaging, friendly culture of the farmers market can be experienced all week long, in any weather. It also lets us provide many more opportunities for local farmers, vendors and entrepreneurs."
FWPM says it will continue to operate its two existing downtown markets until September, at which point only one will continue operation during the summer until the Electric Works campus is complete.
The $213 million first phase of the Electric Works project is slated to begin this year. Last month, Electric Works announced the hiring of Crystal Vann Wallstrom as managing director of innovation. Vann Wallstrom appeared on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, which you can view by clicking the link below: