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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:10 pm

Paddock, Ensley weigh in on Electric Works' future

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

In light of recent revelations regarding the future of Fort Wayne's Electric Works development, two City Council members weighed in on the controversy during Tuesday's meeting. 

"The events of the last few days have brought some questions. I hope, as we are so close to putting this package together, that we don't lose steam, that we can put this over the threshold," Councilman Geoff Paddock, D-5th, said. "It would be certainly a shame if we let this project slip away and I hope that it will not."

Councilman Paul Ensley, R-1st, was more critical in his comments. Ensley said an update from the developers was requested on March 25. The developers were supposed to come to the table on May 21, but have since delayed until June 11. 

"It's incredibly frustrating, as all of us are essentially $10 million partners in this project, to ask for an update before City Council and then I, like all of you and everyone in the audience had to read about the update in the newspaper and did not have an opportunity to ask any questions for another two weeks," Ensley said. 

Specifically, Ensley took exception to the notion that any elected official is actively trying to undermine the project

"I know they refused to name anyone, but if the developer is having trouble leasing their space, I certainly don't appreciate the implication that anyone, regardless of their vote on this matter, is trying to sabotage or undermine the project. That's certainly not the case," he said. "I don't think there's anyone that doesn't want to see Electric Works blossom into something other than it is now."

dgong@jg.net