Projects to improve the beauty, health, and technology of our area have been given the green light for Regional Cities funding.
$5 million in Regional Cities funding will go towards both the South Bend Blue Ways and East Bank Village development projects. Both projects aim to improve the Northside and East Bank Trails, the South bend Farmer’s Market, and other improvements. It also will go towards construction of residential and commercial properties in the East Bank Village.
“The Blue Ways project will help South Bend to turn and face one of our region’s greatest assets: our river,” said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “By looking towards the river, we have the chance to create an interconnected region of parks, schools, businesses and homes that is both essential for residents, and attractive to tourists. Projects like this help spur job growth in South Bend that helps make our region a better place for all.”
Also approved as $9 million for the Elkhart Health Fitness, Aquatics, and Community Center. The new 170,000 square-foot facility on East Jackson Boulevard aims to create both a hub for community health, competitive aquatics events, and community space. Construction is expected to begin in September, with an opening date tentatively set for January 2019.
And $507,000 has been approved for the Technology Training and Demonstration Center, which is inhabiting the former Studebaker Building 113 in South Bend. The building will provide office and manufacturing space for businesses in new technologies.