Byron Health Center celebrated the start of construction on a new building with a ground breaking Wednesday afternoon at the new location of the Byron Wellness Community campus at the corner of Lake Ave and Beacon Street.
The date was chosen because it is the birthday of Byron Health Center’s namesake, Irene Byron, who was born on October 10, 1882.
Years of preparation and planning were put into the project.
Among those in attendance were Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown, Fort Wayne City Councilman Russ Jehl, Byron Health Center CEO Deb Lambert among other architectural, building, construction and financing representatives and current Byron Health Center residents and team members.
The $38 million project is being partially funded by $12.5 million in New Market Tax Credits, the most ever awarded to a single project by the city of Fort Wayne.
The new Byron Health Center building, which will be situated on the southwest corner of the 14-acre Byron Wellness Community campus, will have 120 long-term / skilled care beds alongside the new Miller’s Place assisted living structure, which will provide 50 assisted living apartments.