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South Bend’s ‘Madison Lifestyle District’ to replace parking lots with apartments, hotel

South Bend, IN

SOUTH BEND — City officials on Thursday approved plans for a dense residential and commercial district on the two blocks south of Memorial Hospital, calling it the largest redevelopment project in downtown South Bend’s history.

The “Madison Lifestyle District” seeks to transform two surface parking lots between LaSalle Avenue and the hospital into about 240 new apartment units, a 100-room hotel and more than 40,000 square feet of commercial space up for rent. Parking needs will be met with 925 new spaces in public garages, replacing the current low-value use of land that isolates Memorial Hospital on downtown’s northern edge.

A mix of public and private money will pay for the development. Great Lakes Capital, a real estate firm based in Granger, has agreed to invest at least $102 million in the the 300 and 400 blocks of North Main Street. Memorial Hospital sold the relevant parcels to the developer for $1.

The city of South Bend will spend $24 million of redevelopment bond money approved by the South Bend Common Council to build the public parking garages. The state of Indiana, through its Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative, will contribute $11.78 million to the garages.

The city will set aside 300 parking spaces for Beacon Health System employees and pay $2.5 million to demolish the nearby South Bend Medical Foundation building, on Lafayette Boulevard, to make room for additional parking for hospital staff.

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Martin Huttenlocker

Development Manager

Leveraging 17 years of relationships and extensive background in the commercial real estate industry, Martin provides direct strategic and analytical support as part of the Great Lakes Capital development team. Since joining the firm in 2017 he has performed a hybrid role in asset management and brokerage services within the GLC portfolio. Martin earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri/Columbia and an MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago.