The City of South Bend is taking steps toward a potential lawsuit against developer Dave Matthews for failing to open a full-service grocery store and pharmacy inside the new high-rise at 300 East LaSalle Avenue.
South Bend Common Council member and Redevelopment Commission Vice-President Troy Warner tells ABC 57 News that Matthews has missed multiple deadlines for six years.
The city is asking for $7.5 million dollars back from Matthews.
Matthews says he was forced to extend the project deadline over and over due to the COVID-19 pandemic, material shortages and a lack of workers. Still, he says he’s working to get the project done.
The South Bend Tribune reports Matthews may also have to pay back an additional $5 million dollars to the state that was give to him by the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Development Authority for the same project. That group is meeting, soon, to talk about the issue.