Intersection of Main & Marion Streets in Elkhart reopened

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The intersection of Main and Marion streets in downtown Elkhart has reopened following improvements to the Hotel Elkhart.

The intersection had been closed since early November to allow for the reconstruction of Marion Street which will serve as the main entrance to the renovated hotel. During this reconstruction, new sanitary sewer service was constructed from Main Street, requiring the relocation of underground electric lines and the construction of new water service to the building.

With the underground work completed, crews will now focus on finishing the new pavement, curbs, and sidewalks along Marion Street. Marion Street is anticipated to reopen to traffic by February 1.

In addition to the improvements, the City has made several public improvements to complement the new development. This includes repairs and new lighting at the City-owned Marion Street Parking Garage, the opening of Hug Street along the south side of the garage, reconstruction of the Sage Lot which offers public parking to the rear of the hotel, reconstruction of the Main Street sidewalk to allow for outdoor seating, as well as the reconstruction of Marion Street.

Once completed, the 93-room boutique hotel will include a first- floor taproom, a South Bend Chocolate Company Café, and a renovated, ninth-floor Athenian Ballroom. Cressy & Everett expects the hotel and restaurants to open in mid-2020.

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