78 unit apartment complex approved for downtown Mishawaka

Construction is expected to begin in late August on a $15 million apartment complex just north of Beutter Park in downtown Mishawaka.

With a total of 78 units it promises to bring hundreds of new residents to the inner city.

“This is a model for what’s happening in a lot of different places. It just hasn’t happened here yet,” said Scott Sivan, Managing Partner of Barak River Rock LLC.

The site covers 1.6 acres.

The complex features a north wing that will front Grove Street that will be four stories tall.

The south wing will overlook the river and will be five stories tall in order to maximize the view.

“Most of them (apartment units) will have a balcony,” said Sivan. “Actually from (floor) two and above you have a clear view of the entire river but from four and five you can see three dimension, you know, you can see the cascades, you can see Beutter Park, you can see Kamm’s Island, you can see down the river because you have a big extended view.”

In the view of Sivan, housing trends that have already taken hold in other parts of the country can’t help but play out in the Princess City.

“The demographic trends across the country, the trend is toward urbanism. Meaning away from sub urbanism,” said Sivan. “That’s where there’s an environment which is hospitable to a broader range of experiences than just having a backyard because you can walk out on the river walk, you can drive across the bridge or walk across the bridge, go downtown.”

The convenience won’t come cheap, with rents ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, but at least tenants won’t have to “BYOB,” or bring their own bikes.

“I mean we'll even provide a rack, of kind of, you know bicycles owned by the building that a tenant can put a credit card in just deposit and take it and drive across the bridge if they want to go to CVS to pick up you know whatever they need,” explained Sivan.

The project was first proposed in 2013. Since then it has been tweaked. For instance, the wing overlooking the river was downsized from six stories to five.

Tonight, the final site plan won the approval of the Mishawaka Plan Commission.

Sivan expects construction on the Mishawaka Grove Development to begin in late August and wrap up in early 2016.

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