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Proposal to Give University of Saint Francis $3 Million in Legacy Funds

The City of Fort Wayne is proposing to give the University of Saint Francis $3 million dollars in Legacy Funds so they can start holding classes at their downtown campus.
"I'm very excited by it. It will help move us much quicker, closer to our goal of having our academic programs down here in the next year and a half or so." - President of Saint Francis, Sister Elise Kriss
The City of Fort Wayne is proposing to give the University of Saint Francis $3 million dollars in Legacy Funds so they can start holding classes at their downtown campus.

The University purchased the former Chamber of Commerce Building on Ewing Street and the former Scottish Rite Building.  Both buildings need to be remodeled before the University can use them for classes and with a 12 million dollar renovation fee, President of St Francis, Sister Elise Kriss says this money will be a great help.

"I'm very excited by it.  It will help move us much quicker, closer to our goal of having our academic programs down here in the next year and a half or so."

While the auditorium and ballroom will remain the same, the former Scottish Rite Building will be home to the Music Technology and Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts Program.

The money is going to be used to make dramatic changes throughout the building.  Once the renovations are complete, the former Chamber Building will be home to the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadship.

Mayor Tom Henry says that offering classes downtown will help students and downtown businesses.

"So not only can they go to school down here, in many cases, they could live down here and play down here."

Nothing is official yet, as the proposal still needs to be voted on by the City Council. 
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