About the New Building
Location: 210 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Size: 14,000 square feet, more than
twice the area of the current building.
Accessible downtown location for
Information Hub: Electronic signage will
provide up-to-the-minute news, behind-the-
scenes station video, and community
Challenges of the Current Building
Current Size: 6,750 square feet; too
small for programs with audience
Hidden deep inside Centennial
Aging analog equipment that has been
in use for 20-30 years
Inside the new building
Podcast Cafe; only the second of its
kind in the U.S., a creativity incubator
and educational center where the
community’s ideas will be showcased in
unique audio productions
Nearly one entire floor devoted to a
public theatre where news, arts and
cultural, and music programming with
audience participation will be created
A new digital newsroom, fulfilling the
area’s needs and expectations for
Upgraded equipment to provide reliable,
quality programming for the digital and
mobile communications age
Why Public Radio Matters
Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana have strong ambitions for the future and will benefit from the presence of strong public radio stations. A large percentage of WBOI and WBNI listeners have a college education or advanced degree; the type of workforce our area wants to retain and attract, and that fuels economic development. The Building A Sound Future campaign will allow NIPR to make the necessary investments to serve our growing community at the levels it expects and deserves. The Innovation Fund will provide the seed monies to create new programming, which involves and engages the community.
The Building A Sound Future fund raising campaign is begun with a grant from the Madge Rothschild Foundation. Additionally, a major giving Feasibility Study is completed, and a search for a new building location is initiated.
After considering more than 25 potential locations, 210 East Jefferson is purchased; NIPR owns the building free and clear.
Design/Build team selection process begun.
Design/Build team selected; Hoch Associates and Michael Kinder and Sons. Process to design features of new building begins.
Major clean-up of 210 East Jefferson begins.
Major design elements of new building completed.
Final Design/Build budget determined.
Final goal of Building A Sound Future campaign established - $4.5 million.
Grand Unveiling of “Future Home of…” banner is held with major media coverage and Mayor Tom Henry welcoming 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI to downtown Fort Wayne.
Major clean-up and environmental remediation of 210 E. Jefferson is completed.
Installation begins on new roof on building as first major stage of construction activities.
Installation complete on new roof for 210 E. Jefferson - first major stage of construction activities.
NIPR Board of Trustees approves a partnership with Cross Street Partners, (the Baltimore-based development group who is a major participant in the Electric Works project), to obtain innovative funding through the federal New Markets Tax Credit program. This program attracts private capital into communities by permitting investors to receive a credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in beneficial community projects. Cross Street will market our new downtown location throughout the country to attract an investor who will provide up to 20% of the cost of the project.