Fort Wayne City Council approves Pontiac Street grocery store

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) — Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Sharon Tucker (D, 6th Circuit) celebrated more than just her 51st birthday during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

At the meeting, council members passed a resolution for the proposed Pontiac Street grocery store by a nearly unanimous vote.

The resolution passed by an 8-1 vote, with Councilor Jason Arp being the only one who voted against the resolution.

Tucker has supported the project from the start, which will be located in her area at 918 E. Pontiac St.

“To fill the gap and fill the need, we looked for models that could do that, and this is the model that could do that,” Tucker said.

In addition to the resolution, the Surack Family Foundation donated $500,000 to the project, which would cover a potential deficit if the grocery store doesn’t make a profit, according to a city official.

City officials also said ARPA funds would cover most of Fort Wayne’s funding share, and what the city pays will eventually be reimbursed by Parkview, a partner on the project, over a five-year period.

The grocery store is expected to cost $3.4 million to build. Fort Wayne City Council approves Pontiac Street grocery store

Dais Johnston

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