Downtown South Bend Development Update

Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A summary of downtown South Bend development includes:

// Three Twenty at the Cascade, a first-phase project being developed on the old Wharf site just east of downtown South Bend, across from the St. Joseph River, is a seven-story structure that will include 18 luxury condominiums, a parking garage, and one street-level restaurant fronting the St. Joseph River. That building should be enclosed by March 2019 and some residents should be able to start moving in about a year from now.

// Ground will be broken this fall on a nine-story complex just about a block north of The Cascade along LaSalle Avenue that will include a parking garage, a supermarket and about 140 apartments. The project, last estimated at $40 million including incentives, was delayed by a utility issue, but developer Dave Matthews was able to shift the footprint so that construction could proceed without jeopardizing assistance that is being provided through the Regional Cities initiative.

// The Cascade – an estimated $50 million two-phase, mixed-use project on the south side of Colfax Avenue and fronting the St. Joseph River. There is additional room on the site for a smaller third phase. The project is under construction.

// The Commerce Center project – an estimated $40 million mixed-used project that will include a grocery store and an estimated 140 apartments. Ground breaking is set for this autumn.

// A five-story office building at the southwest corner of Main Street and Jefferson Boulevard that could cost about $9 million. It would be the first new dedicated office building in downtown in nearly 20 years. It is being developed by Great Lakes Capital and would be owned by Elkhart entrepreneur Lewis Hansell’s River Park Leasing Corp. It has an anticipated spring ground breaking.

// The ongoing, multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Studebaker complex along South Lafayette Boulevard into a mixed-use technology hub that entrepreneur Kevin Smith believes could support 3,000 jobs.

// The Ivy at Berlin Place — a $22 million mixed-use project just north of the Studebaker project and surrounding Coveleski Stadium. It will include 121 apartments as well as about 10,000 square-feet of restaurant/retail space. Some residents could begin occupying apartments in the next several weeks.

// A multi-million dollar renovation of the Hibberd Building at 320 S. Main St. into a mixed-use facility. It should be opening in the next several months.

// The $3.2 million renovation of the historic Washington-Colfax Apartments by South Bend Heritage into Gemini Apartments. The project already is underway and aims to create 60 affordable studios and apartments within walking distance of downtown.

Read the complete article by Ed Semmler in the South Bend Tribune.