Ribbon Cut on $6M Hibberd Building

Published Saturday, December 8, 2018

On Friday, December 7, the official ribbon was cut on The Hibberd, the $6 million restoration of the historic 1926 printing business into apartments and retail in downtown South Bend, 321 S. Main Street, across from the St. Joseph County Public Library.

The restoration took 2-1/2 years with design by Epoch Architecture & Planning. The architecture firm is also a tenant in the 33,200-square-foot building. And, just this past October, Salon Nouveau opened a new location in the building.

There still is space available on the first floor for a retail operation or office, as well as another 3,500 square feet that’s been designed for use by a restaurant and offers garage-door-style walls that can be lifted when the weather is nice and a large patio.

The basement includes even more space that could be used as retail, restaurant or banquet space, an extensive exercise room and a storage area for residents. The upper floors of the building include a total of 14 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments ranging from $1,200 to $2,300 per month.

The building has an open industrial feel with lots of the original brick walls, terrazzo flooring and even the ornate 1,000-pound faceplates of the coal furnace that once sat in the basement.

In a further nod to the city’s history, each of the apartments has been named for a newspaper that once served the community and more than 40 historical photos and South Bend Tribune front pages decorate the hallways.

With views of Four Winds Field, there also is a rooftop terrace for use by tenants.

The Hibberd is part of a string of new apartment, condominium and town home opportunities that are designed to attract millennials, as well as empty nesters who are attracted to living in more urban areas.

Source: Read the full story by Ed Semmler at the South Bend Tribune