FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Beginning Monday, June 20, the plaza in front of Indiana Michigan Power Center will be closed for reconstruction that is expected to last throughout the summer.
The plaza has never been refurbished since I&M moved into the building in 1981, and both concrete replacement and drainage improvements are needed.
With the popularity of Lunch on the Plaza and the continued revitalization and growing vibrant atmosphere downtown, the plaza has become a key gathering place. To make the area more inviting and accommodating to more events, the plaza will be expanded, lighting will be added and new seating installed. Though I&M leases space in the IMPC building, I&M owns the plaza and is responsible for its upkeep.
The popular Lunch on the Plaza event sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District has moved to Freimann Square for this summer. During construction, the parking spaces on Wayne Street where food trucks have been parking will be closed.
Closing of the plaza will begin Monday, and work is expected to continue through August. Lunch on the Plaza is expected to return to the newly renovated plaza next summer.
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 589,000 customers. It operates 2,600 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,160 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 450 MW of purchased wind generation and, by the end of 2016, approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation.
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.