The city of South Bend has pledged $1 million to help build a Salvation Army community center that will be funded with a donation from estate of the late McDonald's Corp. heiress Joan Kroc.
Mayor Stephen J. Luecke says the pledge puts the city more than halfway to the $10 million it needs to raise in matching funds from the local community to trigger the $40 million donation.
The $1 million comes from unspent Community and Economic Development program funds.
Officials hope to begin construction next spring. The facility is expected to open in fall 2009.