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Construction is rolling along at The Armory, a shared commercial space going intot he old Newman Recreation Center near downtown South Bend, close to the Farmer's Market. Eventually, the building will house a winery, event venue and comemrcial kitchen that can serve both in-house uses and local businesses, such as food trucks. Iron Hand Vineyard, a boutique winery north of the city on Brick Road, will take over the winery space. Developer Brad Emberton is optimistic the building will open in January 2018 as planned. Navarre Hospitality Group is slated to operate the event space and use some of the offices.
Blackthorn Golf Club announced it has acquired the former Golf Club of Granger, an indoor-golf-themed facility and restaurant formerly located in Toscana Park- 322 Toscana Blvd. The Blackthorn Golf Club ownership group, consisting of Tim Firestone, Erik Haag, and Joe Herbert, said in a news release they hope to extend their golf operations into a year-round business and expand event operations with the Toscana Park location. "The great thing about the venue is that it will serve everyone, grom the golfer looking to hit practice balls or play a round of 18 on a world famous course, to the non-golfer looking to spend time with friends eating and drinking in a fun atmosphere," Firestone said.
Bombay International Boutique reopens in South Bend in the same location at 119 S. Michigan St. in downtown South Bend, tucked behind the South Bend Chocolate Café. Almost two years ago, owner Miriam Malkovsky started to dabble in retirement, however, back by popular demand, Malkovsky quietly reopened the doors to Bombay Internation Boutique last week. Bombay International continues to carry a variety of items from Malkovsky's native India. She used to travel there twice a year to shop. Now it's down to one six-week sojourn, after which Malkovsky keeps the items she's found with a relative to be shipped over as needed.
Four Winds Casino to open employment office in downtown South Bend. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians opened a Four Winds Casino employment office in South Bend. The office, located at 506 W. South St. inside Union Station, will serve as the primary human resources office for the expected 1,200 new hires for the South Bend casino project. "It's a central location for anyone interested in learning more about positions available, or to complete an application," said Frank Freedman, chief operating officer of Four Winds Casinos. "We chose Union Station intentionally; it's a key economic development area in downtown South Bend." Applications can be filled out at the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be human resources staff on site to assist applicants. Tribal officials said earlier this month that construction on the casino, located on a 166-acre at Prairie Avenue and the U.S. 31/20 bypass, is on track to finish by early next year.
Lippert Components could add 200 jobs in the next two years if it follows through on renovating and using the former AM General warehouse in Mishawaka at 400 S. Byrkit Ave. and a property to the east. The company, which supplies parts for recreational vehicles and boats, could invest about $9 million on the expansion. Lippert officials report that the new jobs would be warehouse, clerical, and skilled work, with wages ranging from about $14 to $32 per hour. The expansion project would add a distribution center, a service center for recreational vehicles, and a call center.
South Bend Code School is expanding to Goshen, and Fort Wayne in an effort to expose more youth to coding. In partnership with Downtown Goshen Inc. and Start Fort Wayne, the for-profit school will offer its entry-level "Jumpstart Web Development" course to teens in both locations later this summer. Classes will meet at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce in Goshen and at the Atrium, a co-working space, in Fort Wayne.
The Pub located at 408 W. Cleveland Rd. in Granger started soft openings in the third quarter with plans to be open to the general public shortly thereafter.
The Sterling Group and Virtus Real Estate Acquire Multifamily Property in Indiana. The Sterling Group has purchased Lake Castleton, a 1,261 - unit apartment community on the highly desirable northeast side of Indianapolis. Sterling made this investment in a joint venture with Virtus Real Estate, LLC ("Virtus"), an Austin, Texas-based private real estate manager. Sterling will manage the property. Located at the corner of Shadeland Avenue and 75th Street, near the Interchange of I-465 and I-69, Lake Castleton is adjacent to Community North Hospital and with close proximity to downtown Indianapolis, Castleton, Broad Ripple, Fishers, and Keystone at the Crossing.
United Federal Credit Union expanding into South Bend, Mishawaka. Michigan-based United Federal Credit Union announced plans to expand into St. Joseph County with as many as six new branches over the next three years, beginning in South Bend and Mishawaka. The credit uinion recently purchased two properties in the county - at Main Street and Edison Lakes Parkway in Mishawaka and Ireland Road and Lafayette Boulevard in South Bend - with plans to buy four more.
University Park Mall has two new stores on the move within their complex. The Twisted String, a boutique clothing store, is headed inside the mall after previously occupying an outdoor space between Men's Wearhouse and a Verizon Wireless store. Twisted String occupies the former babyGap across from Francesca's Collections. Life is Good, formerly at Heritate Square in Mishawaka, is moving into the old Twisted String Store. Life is good, which specializes in "optimistic" apparel, does so with a good cause in mind. The company donates 10 percent of its net sales tot he Life is good Kids Foundation, which partners with child care organizations to help vulnerable children.
The new VA Clinic located at 1540 Trinity Pl in Mishawaka, opened in Mishawaka. Veterans will begin coming for more than 500 possible appointments- after almost two years of construction. Outpatient services in this 71,000-square-foot building will be so vastly expanded that the federal Veterans Affairs will open them in three phases over the next two months. Transpo began an extended bus route on Wednesday that reaches the clinic. The clinic's associate director of operations, Jay Miller, said that thanks to a federal grant, in January the VA will start its own transport system with vans that can pick up veterans from outlying areas and places that the bus doesn't serve. That will be in addition to current transport services from volunteers and the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans. More than 100 newly hired employees are starting out here, Miller said. They include about 20 out of the 35 or so workers from the current clinic in South Bend. In the coming year, the new clinic will eventually employ 164.5 full-time positions.