St. Francis To Up Downtown Fort Wayne Presence

St. Francis To Up Downtown Fort Wayne Presence

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It's sat on the corner of Wayne and Ewing for the past 84 years.

The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Building has served as a home to conducting business, but will soon be a home to teaching it.

 

In the next few years, the building will have a new resident, The University of Saint Francis.

 

"We've been working very hard over the past four or five years to make downtown Fort Wayne a point of destination for people. We've done it in the area of sports, arts, government, banking, insurance, but there was one void that most successful downtowns have, and that is education" says Fort Wayne Major Tom Henry.

 

University officials say the building will become home to the school's business program.

 

St. Francis plans to team up with local companies to give students hands-on business experience.

 

"We were so pleased to work with Saint Francis on this arrangement and their vision and the dream makes perfect sense to us" says Chamber President and CEO Mike Landram.

 

Another benefit to being downtown is that the building is just around corner from the university's performing arts center, allowing for more collaboration between business and creative arts.

 

"I think there's great benefit to the community and to the university and to our students when we can accomplish this vision here in downtown Fort Wayne" says St. Francis President Sister Elise Kriss.

 

Renovations on the building are expected to cost around $5 million.

Saint Francis is hoping the community will help with funding the project.

 

The chamber will remain in the building through next spring while they search for a new space downtown.

 

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