A Favorable Recommendation For Eddy Street Commons

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

A city within the city of South Bend could be making its way here soon.

We are talking hotels, shops, condos and parking.

Back in February, Kite Realty Group of Indianapolis reached an agreement with the University of Notre Dame to develop 26-acres along Edison Road, east of Eddy.

Of course, the idea of a change like this stirs up all sorts of thoughts.

On Tuesday, the politicians, planners and people of South Bend all put in their two cents about the Eddy Street Commons.

Some say it is about time, that it takes too much time to travel into Mishawaka to eat and shop.

“I am overwhelmed. I am delighted. I am happy. I can hardly contain myself.”

Others say it is time to convince the Area Plan Commission to put a stop to this.

“I believe this is an attempt again to separate Notre Dame from the rest of the community. I find this plan offensive.”

Person after person took some time at the podium to speak their minds, including many from the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization who have spent years in the planning phase.

They say it is time to boost the local economy and bring in more people to this beautiful part of the city.

Whether for or against the project, the words “woods” and “trees” were brought up over and over.

Some want the environment to be protected, while others have different ideas.

“I think the woods need to go. You may see some of these nice pictures, but you didn't live near the woods for 23 years. You don't know the reality of what took place.”

People talked about the chaos -- like dogs barking, people dumping trash and the dangerous traffic -- in and around the woods right now.

By a vote of 9-to-1, the Area Plan Commission gave the plan a favorable recommendation.

It now heads to the South Bend Common Council.

It is expected to pass there and construction could start in the late fall with stores and restaurants opening in the summer of 2009.

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