FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The City of Fort Wayne and Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. teamed with The Hagerman Group and Great Lakes Capital for the start of a $6.5 million construction project at Airport Business Center North.
The structure lot may seem empty now, but Hagerman project executive Chris Moore says a building will be in its place soon.
Moore says the project's intent is to "put a building in place with really no tenant or end user involved yet."
The developers will continue to utilize the Airport Business Center space for their shell-building project, empty structures that can be leased or bought on command.
"The idea is that you build the building and attract the business," said Moore.
The future building will follow the establishment of Fort Wayne's first Amazon distribution center three months ago.
The City of Fort Wayne's Director of Community Development Nancy Townsend says the building will provide jobs for those across northeast Indiana, especially after enduring the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's important during this pandemic time to create opportunities for job retention...keep our people employed," said Townsend.
Townsend says their previous projects with shell buildings have provided the most jobs for residents and thankfully sustained them.
"Every single time that we've done one it's been occupied before the building's been constructed or shortly thereafter," said Townsend. "Thousands of jobs have been created. Additional jobs have been retained. And we're just pleased to be able to have partners and the relationships to continue doing this."