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ABC Supply Company, a distributor of roofing, siding, windows and other exterior building products, tools and supplies, is expanding its operations in the Oliver Industrial Park. The South Bend Redevelopment Commission approved the sale of 3.2 acres at the Industrial Park to ABC Supply.
Ben’s Soft Pretzels opened a location inside the South Bend Chocolate Café in downtown South Bend in April. This is the first brick-and-mortar location for Ben’s in South Bend.
Blackthorn Golf Club will soon be home to a new hotel. The six-story, 75,000-square-foot hotel will have 120 rooms with the idea of transforming the property into a “play-and-stay” destination. A groundbreaking is scheduled for later this summer with the hotel expected to open in 2017.
Buccellato Design, an architecture and interior-design firm, bought the old LaSalle State Bank building, located at 526 E. LaSalle Avenue in South Bend, and completed its renovations of the property. Six months of renovations included window and skylight replacements, plaster work, restoring the brick façade and installing exterior lights.
Chase Plastics opened its $6 million distribution center at AmeriPlex at Interstate 80/90. The 126,000-square-foot building will be Chase Plastics’ centralized distribution hub. The company is a full-service thermoplastic stocking distributor serving plastic processors throughout North America and Central America.
City of South Bend and the University of Notre Dame proposed a commercial-scale hydroelectric facility on the St. Joseph River dam in downtown South Bend. The project is contingent upon the transfer of a federal exemption for a hydroelectric facility from the city to the university.
E. Blair Warner Medicine Center completed its $4.5 million expansion in South Bend. The 13,500-square-foot addition almost doubles the size of the two-story building at 714 N. Michigan Street, which houses Memorial Hospitals’ Family Medicine Residency Program and its clinic.
Hoffman Hotel Apartments, affordable living space for artists, opened its doors in early April. The building has 48 apartments, with a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.
IU South Bend’s administration building is undergoing a $3.2 million renovation, which includes a new floor plan layout, updated finishes, and new or refreshed mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems. Renovations are expected to be completed in 2017.
Longhorn Steakhouse confirmed it will build a location across from the University Park Mall on Grape Road in Mishawaka. It will take over the former Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que site. Construction is set to begin in August with the restaurant opening in February 2017.
Matthews LLC converted the former Madison Center in South Bend into co-living apartments, available for tenants to rent in June. The 70,000-square-foot building also has some commercial space available for lease.
Memorial Children’s Hospital, an 116,000-square-foot, $50 million addition to Memorial Hospital of South Bend, is under construction with a completion date of early spring 2017. The new space will include an expanded pediatric care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric hematology/oncology outpatient clinic and newborn intensive care unit.
Mishawaka Antiques is adding a consignment shop to its 116-124 Lincolnway East location. The name of the new shop will be The Attic at Mishawaka Antiques and will take any new or gently used items, not just antiques. For the retailer, this will be its third expansion in five years.
Rack House Tavern & Grill, located at 1902 South Bend Avenue, will be opening its restaurant any day. The restaurant will have a whiskey distillery theme with live music and will serve a variety of beer, good whiskey and Southern cuisine.
St. Joseph Energy held a groundbreaking ceremony for its $500 million natural gas energy plant in New Carlisle. Construction is underway with the plant up and running by June 2018.
South Bend International Airport announced the addition of a second daily United Airlines flight to Newark Liberty International Airport. The new flight will begin on September 7.
Studebaker Building 113 in downtown South Bend broke ground on its redevelopment, which will cost $165.7 million in four phases and will take 10 years to complete; however when complete, the site will be the largest mixed-use technology campus in the Midwest.
University of Notre Dame Turbomachinery Lab officially opened its 25,000-square-foot facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony in early June. The $36 million high-powered research laboratory will analyze and advance the technology of gas turbine engines used for jet aircraft, power generation plants and the oil and gas industry.
Vegetable Buddies, a well-known South Bend nightclub in the ‘70s and ‘80s, reincarnated at 129 N. Michigan Street in downtown South Bend. It features classic rock and blues music as well as Southern-style food, but will pride itself as a music venue.
Wilshire Plaza on Grape Road in Mishawaka will soon see several new retail stores. Home Goods, a décor retailer that offers top brands at prices generally 20 to 60 percent below normal retail, will open a 22,000-square-foot store next to Fresh Thyme. Christopher & Banks, Carter’s Osk Kosh and DSW will also be opening locations in the plaza. Fresh Thyme and Sky Zone opened in the plaza in the past year.