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City of Fort Wayne breaks ground on project aiming to ‘revolutionize traditional housing’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The City of Fort Wayne held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new housing project that aims to “revolutionize traditional housing approaches.”

Dubbed the Innovative Housing Showcase, the project is designed to utilize sustainable materials, “innovative” designs and “efficient” construction methods.

The City of Fort Wayne also hopes the new types of housing will make it easier to deal with zoning regulations and building permits.

“Housing availability and affordability serve as critical components of a growing and thriving community,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “I’m encouraged by the proactive efforts of the Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services as we come together to initiate concepts that can assist in providing additional and desirable housing stock in Fort Wayne.”

According to the City of Fort Wayne, the Innovative Housing Showcase will test four types of homes from four different designers:

Houm:

  • Digital fabrication and industrial-scale production for efficient housing construction.

Three Squared: 

  • Steel shipping containers are used as the main structural elements of housing construction.

New Energy Homes: 

  • Utilizing a post-frame building technique for better insulation and energy efficiency.

Volumod: 

  • Prefabricated modules assembled on-site for customizable and cost-effective housing units.

“As the need increases, we continue to seek new ways to quickly increase access to quality affordable housing,” said Kelly Lundberg, director of the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services. “Today marks the end of months of preparation and planning and the beginning of a new era of housing construction in Fort Wayne.”

City officials expect construction to be finished by fall 2024, and people will be able to walk through each of the models to get a firsthand look at what each one will look like.

“I’m looking forward to positive outcomes that will have a lasting and meaningful impact on individuals and families,” Henry said.

The four homes will be located just east of downtown Fort Wayne in the vicinity of the intersection of Berry and Harmar streets.

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