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Purdue OKs plan to buy former Brown Mackie site

December 7, 2018

Purdue University’s trustees this morning approved a plan for buy the former Brown Mackie College building at 3000 Coliseum Blvd. E. to expand its local presence.

The building could house the Doermer School of Business, a new Career Services Center, the Office of Communications and Marketing, the Office of Development, the Small Business Development Center, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Wellness and Health Center, Purdue University Fort Wayne Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer said last week in an email to faculty and staff. 

The 76,715-square-foot building sits on a 12.76-acre property that includes ponds, fountains, trails and about 565 parking spaces.

The purchase will be funded through a combination of philanthropy and external sources rather than taken from an existing budget, Elsenbaumer wrote.

Sturges Property Group had listed the site, which is about one-quarter of a mile from the Purdue Fort Wayne campus, with a $4 million price tag. Brad Sturges, the firm’s president, declined last week to disclose the negotiated sale price.

But he described the property as a great opportunity for Purdue to expand its local presence.

“As opposed to building a building, this will be a fraction of the cost for them,” Sturges said, adding the facility includes rooms already set up as classrooms, labs and offices.

Plans call for designating the former Brown Mackie property the South Campus and making it accessible to the Purdue Fort Wayne community “via a planned shuttle service and potentially new bicycle and scooter services,” the chancellor wrote in the email.

Brown Mackie College announced in June 2016 its plan to close the local operation in addition to four others statewide.

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