Almost seven years after Mishawaka's Uniroyal plant came tumbling down... something else is going up!
On Wednesday, groundbreaking ceremonies marked the start of the first private development on the river front site of the former Uniroyal property.
By the time Thanksgiving roll around, people could actually be living there.
Site work has cleared the way for the construction of 19-town homes, on a site that no one was willing to touch with a ten foot pole, some ten years ago.
Robert Beutter was Mishawaka’s Mayor when the city purchased the property in 1999: “I remember the E.P.A. man saying this was the ugliest site he'd ever seen, the most polluted site so to go from that, to where you can build houses and raise families is a good achievement."
These homes will be located near Kamm’s Island and they’re expected to be priced in the $200-thousand dollar range.
Mayor Jeff Rea noted the historical significance of the event, saying “It's probably been fifty plus years since a significant housing has happened in the downtown area, most of the housing has moved to the outskirts.”
With the river front housing project underway, property that has played such a large role in Mishawaka’s past, has a chance to contribute to its future.
Iron Works developer Bob Stephens says his market studies indicate that the area may eventually support as many as 400-residential units.