New Apartments & Rental Homes Planned for South Bend's West Side

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The nonprofit Neighborhood Development Associates LLC plans to convert the former South Bend Brewing Association building, 1636 Lincoln Way West, into a 22-unit apartment building with common spaces for residents to use. Anne Mannix, executive director, said the project furthers Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s initiative to spruce up the main corridors entering the city.

The former brewery has a castle-like appearance, and decorative lighting will spotlight those features, Mannix said. The ground floor houses an antique furniture dealer, in an addition that juts out from the façade, who often displays products on the sidewalk. The renovation would remove the addition.

Additionally, a second project to beautify the west side entails building single-family rental homes on 14 empty lots where houses were demolished under Buttigieg’s 1,000 Homes in 1,000 Days program. The lots, in an area bounded by Lincoln Way, Olive Street, Elwood Avenue and Allen Street, are on Cleveland and Lawndale avenues, and Brookfield, College, Elmer, Huey, Olive, Van Buren, Johnson and Allen streets.

The homes would be owned cooperatively by South Bend Mutual Homes, which built 24 rental homes on West Washington Street in 2016. Tenants pay rent based on their income, and they must be interviewed and approved by a board whose members are elected by residents. The board also must approve and purchase any needed improvements to the homes, such as new doors.

The apartment building’s monthly rents, varying by the tenant’s income, would range from $225 to $525 for an efficiency, $550 to $650 for a two-bedroom, and $445 to $550 for a one-bedroom.

The city’s property tax abatements will depend on whether NDA can obtain low-income housing tax credits from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, a state agency. Mannix told the council that having the abatements in place will strengthen her application for the credits, which incentivize investors to supply the projects’ construction costs because they receive an income tax deduction for doing so. The credits would make up the bulk of the projects’ financing.

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iddle of a block where eight of the 22 lots are empty because of home demolitions. Other homes are vacant and dilapidated.

Council president Tim Scott, whose 1st District contains the vacant lots, told Mannix he was worried that the deteriorated homes, so close to the newly built ones, could lower their value.

“You’ve got some challenges,” he said.

“We’re going to have to work with the neighborhood,” Mannix replied. “We tried to select lots that had good neighbors but there’s a couple that are in … it’s block by block, so we’re going to have to work on that.”

Mannix will apply for the low-income tax credits by the end of the month and learn whether they are granted by No