GE campus revival group to hold 3 public meetings

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The task force formed to explore potential uses for the dilapidated General Electric campus near downtown will host three public meetings next month to pull public input.

GE campus
GE campus

The General Electric Campus Coalition has worked for months to brainstorm ways to recover GE’s 32-acre, dozen-building campus on downtown’s southwest edge, to reuse the buildings instead of tearing them down. The task force has said it fears GE will continue demolishing buildings which will lead to a drop in nearby property values.

The task force has met six times between May and November 2015, when Greater Fort Wayne Inc. announced it would fund focus groups that will gather information and prepare a comprehensive presentation about ways to repurpose the GE campus.

Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics will conduct the sessions. The outcomes will then be presented to Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and General Electric.

The three sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Omni Room at Citizens Square, 200 East Berry St.
  • Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, in the dining hall at The Summit, 1025 West Rudisill Blvd.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Omni Room at Citizens Square, 200 East Berry St.

“This is a significant development forward in the effort to find possible new uses for many of the old GE Buildings,” said Paddock. “I thank coalition members, and particularly subcommittee chair Rebecca Gregory, for working with me these past several months on this goal, and I thank Greater Fort Wayne Inc. for partnering with us in faciliting public discussions. I am hopeful the discussions will help us move forward in a positive direction on what might become of this iconic campus, in the heart of the Fifth District.”

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