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Fort Wayne Announces New Southeast Mixed-Use Development

Provided by the City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne city officials revealed plans Tuesday for a massive mixed-use complex near the intersection of McKinnie Avenue and Plaza Drive on Fort Wayne’s southeast side.

The complex is called Village Premiere, and will include “houses and townhomes for sale, senior and income-based housing options along with commercial space, and other public amenities.” It is funded through a public-private partnership that is expected to cost $50 million once all investments are complete.


The Indianapolis-based developer House Investments will be the lead developer, partnering with local developers MKM Architecture and Michael Kinder & Sons.


Sixth District Democrat Councilwoman Sharon Tucker says it addresses a local need for affordable housing and more retail opportunities in her district.


“We had really good, strong proposals come in, and we spent a lot of time going through the detail of each proposal to make sure that we landed on one that would do everything we asked for or that the community asked us for, and I’m pretty confident that we landed on the right team,” Tucker said.


At-large Democrat and former long-time 6th District Councilman Glynn Hines was also present to celebrate the announcement.


Matt Gadus was also present for House Investments; he says the goal is for Village Premiere to be a “community project” leading to a “vibrant” and “walkable” space for Fort Wayne.


Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.