Electric Works finalizes tenant agreement with Do It Best

Do It Best agrees to use nearly 200,000 square feet in the new Electric Works campus.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 10:14 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2020 10:48 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Electric Works has secured its anchor tenant.

Do It Best finalized its lease with developers of the Electric Works Project in Fort Wayne for almost 200,000 square feet.

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“This lease signing demonstrates again our commitment to Electric Works and the team behind it – this transformational project provides us a unique opportunity to enhance and expand our already great team,” said Do it Best President and CEO Dan Starr. “...I’m hopeful that our signing of the lease gives the project, which will benefit the entire region, every chance to succeed.”

Kevan Biggs with RTM Ventures says the news is a milestone for the project, and now they're focusing on getting other businesses in, and companies onboard to work on the campus.

"This program is not for us to check a box, this is to grow a program that will outlive Electric Works," says Biggs.

It's why developers are teaming up with Joshua's Hand, as they work to bring in underutilized business enterprises (UBE) to the project.

UBE's consist of minority, women and veteran-owned companies.

It's an initiative focused around the Southeast Fort Wayne area in particular.

"We want a representation of the entire community, but southeast Fort Wayne has been unrepresented and underemployed for a while so this is a target for us to be fully engaged in that community," says Biggs.

Do it Best is one of several of northeast Indiana’s most prominent employers to secure space at Electric Works, with others including Parkview Health, Fort Wayne Metals and Fort Wayne Community Schools.

According to a release, construction at Electric Works is scheduled to begin this fall pending approval from the City of Fort Wayne under the Economic Development Agreement.

The project is estimated to create nearly 2,000 jobs during the two-year construction phase.

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