Former Fort Wayne Coca-Cola Bottling Plant to be Transformed into Lofts
A shuttered Coca-Cola bottling plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will soon have a new lease on life as the Bottle Works Lofts, a development that promises to be a signature feature of the city’s Renaissance Pointe neighborhood.
Recently representatives from Miller-Valentine Group, the City of Fort Wayne, and Vincent Village celebrated the official groundbreaking of the $14.5 million project. The event capped seven years of planning to transform the 74-year-old bottling plant into affordable rental units.
Over the next 15 months, Miller-Valentine will restore the exterior of the historic plant to its original appearance. The company will also preserve some of the interior elements in the original offices and employee common areas. Interior spaces will be converted into 31 units with one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations. The building will include an onsite management office, a community room, a business center, a media room, a fitness center, and an outdoor shelter and play area.
When it is completed, the development will serve as an anchor to the Renaissance Pointe community, an area near downtown Fort Wayne that is undergoing dramatic revitalization. Located on a prominent corner in the neighborhood, the building fell into disrepair after it was closed a decade ago. Its rehabilitation into an attractive housing unit will serve as a highly visible signal of the area’s renewal.
The project also includes the construction of 19 lease-to-purchase single-family homes in Renaissance Pointe. With large front porches, detached garages, and alley access, the homes are designed to fit seamlessly into the neighborhood’s existing architecture.
Miller-Valentine Group will serve as the developer, general contractor, owner and property manager on the project. The company has partnered with Vincent Village, a local nonprofit that helps families transition out of homelessness. Martin Riley Architects is the local architect. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.
For further information about this project, contact Peter Schwiegeraht at 513.774.8400.