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Historic homes on the move, as Electric Works readies for ‘Phase 2’

Specialists moved two historic homes out of the footprint of the Fort Wayne Electric Works...
Specialists moved two historic homes out of the footprint of the Fort Wayne Electric Works project(WPTA)
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 1:46 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - They weren’t meant to be mobile homes, but two houses built in the late 19th century are on the move.

Heavy machinery is relocating the West Central neighborhood historic buildings to preserve them, as developers move forward with the massive Electric Works project near downtown Fort Wayne.

“Phase 2″ involves construction of a parking structure and apartment homes north of the railroad tracks.

That will require clearing space that has, for generations, provided room and shelter to local residents.

The first house to relocate was lifted onto a large dolly early Tuesday morning, near Jackson and Lavina streets.

Electric Works officials said the houses will be upgraded, but that there will be a focus on maintaining their history when that happens.

The interior will be meticulously preserved.

“When this house gets moved into its final resting place here, we’ll do a full (exterior) renovation, including all new siding, windows, doors, roof,” Kevan Biggs told ABC21. “It’ll look like a new home from the exterior once we complete it.”

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