Purchase of Chamber Building Expands USF's Downtown Presence, Relocates Business School

Following the January purchase and subsequent opening of its already successful USF Performing Arts Center, the University of Saint Francis is poised to expand its presence in downtown Fort Wayne by purchasing the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce building at 826 Ewing St. A fall closing date is anticipated.

Once purchased, the Chamber building will serve as the new home for the university's Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and will be in close proximity to the USF Performing Arts Center at 431 W. Berry St. The Performing Arts Center serves as a performance hall and location for USF's Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META) program.

"Locating the school of business near the USF Performing Arts Center supports the META program's downtown momentum," University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss said. "Since META intersects with business courses, locating the study centers near one another creates convenience for our students while partnering with the city to draw visitors to an enhanced downtown. The move also provides more space for the business school's other programs and opens up main campus space for the School of Arts and Sciences."

Chamber President and CEO Mike Landram said, "Selling the building to the University of Saint Francis is the best and highest use of the building in service to the business community." It is expected that the chamber will remain in the building through the spring of 2013 as it searches for new office space downtown. Anyone with questions about the sale of the building may direct them to Landrum at 260-424-1435 or mlandram@fwchamber.org.