100 Center for sale, named endangered monument

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) – It’s been part of the local landscape since 1853, but time seems to be running out for Center 100 in Mishawaka.

Building owners are fined $ 250 per day for not maintaining the property. At a hearing on Mishawaka’s code enforcement earlier this month, it was determined that no significant progress had been made and that the owners had willfully failed to address the previously cited issues, such as replacing all cracked and broken windows and repairing walkways leading to building entrances.

Unpaid fines now total over $ 173,000 and over.

On the one hand, the 100 Center is listed as available for sale, and it is listed on page 232 of the READI grant application for the North Central Indiana region as part of a project to restore the property to its former glory.

The project idea is one of ten proposed by the City of Mishawaka. It includes the construction of an on-site parking garage and the demolition of some additions to the main 100 Center building to better connect the property to the Mishawaka River promenade.

When asked for clarification, Mishawaka town planner Ken Prince told 16 News Now today that this is just a concept and the city “would only submit Center 100” if a developer was on board and had the ability and the vision to do a major restore. “

“For some reason there is just a problem with finding the right combination of use and price for the property and so hopefully someone will come forward who has the capacity to take it up and give it away. new life, ”said Todd Zeiger. with the monuments of Indiana.

The 100 Center has been listed again, this time it’s one of Indiana’s ten most endangered landmarks.

“It is a point of contact for the city. It is one of the last and oldest industrial buildings in the city. Times have changed, others have been suppressed, ”explained Zeiger. “There are incentives that could be brought to it. There is a fairly large rehabilitation tax credit that could help cover the cost of the renovation.

The city has scheduled another code enforcement hearing on the matter for March 2 where additional civil penalties and / or the entry of an order directing the city to enter the property and bring it into compliance. at the expense of the respondent.

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