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Brightpoint plans to create affordable housing in Angola

The proposed Enterprise Pointe would be built at an abandoned factory on South Wayne Street.

Posted: Aug. 25, 2018 9:43 PM
Updated: Aug. 25, 2018 10:38 PM

ANGOLA, Ind. (WFFT) - Brightpoint is hoping to create an affordable live-work space in Angola.

The proposed Enterprise Pointe would be built at an abandoned factory on South Wayne Street.

The 50 apartments will be aimed at low-income artists and entrepreneurs.

"There will be amenities within the units themselves to help them grow their business as well as on the property itself," said Brightpoint CEO Steve Hoffman.

He said those amenities include larger sinks, office space and easy to clean fixtures within the apartment.

"If they are artists they can spill and just clean it," said Hoffman.

Hoffman said the development was originally planned for Fort Wayne but neighbors rejected it.

However, he never gave up hope.

"We've held on it, looked around for locations and groups that really wanted us," Hoffman said.

That group is the the Steuben County Economic Development.

The group donated the property for the project.

"We serve more than Fort Wayne. We serve 15 counties. We're always looking for opportunities in our entire service area," said Hoffman.

He said the earliest the project will be done is in about two years.

It has to secure federal grants for the project to move forward, which could happen by the year.

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