FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - After Monday afternoon's vote to terminate the Electric Works agreement, many are wondering what's next, and hoping it still happens.
"For the West Central Neighborhood, and I think it applies to the city and Northeast Indiana. We will lose over 2,000 jobs, and that was 2,000 jobs it was going to provide. It's also a loss of $387 million of economic impact annually," Ben Wahli, President of the West Central Neighborhood said.
Wahli is also a realtor and said this project and the opportunities that come with it is what attracts people to the area.
"This project is what we wanted. It's what the neighborhood wanted. The city wanted it. There were public forums. People collected data. RTM took their arms around it, and gave us a project, and it's our project," Wahli added.
Fifth District Councilman Geoff Paddock was in the room as the vote took place, along with the developer of Electric Works RTM Ventures.
Paddock has been on the city council long enough to see the beginning stages of it all.
He said he doesn't want it to become another abandoned space in the city.
"People want to buy homes here because they can get them rather inexpensive right now, and renovate them and live here next to a vibrant campus so all that's on the plate as well and we gotta make sure we don't let this project slip away," Paddock said.
Since the city terminated the agreement, there's not much certainty around where the rest of the money will come from, but the developer is not giving up on the project.