Five story height limit threatens future of South Bend building project

There is apparently more than one way to try to bend the rules on building height in downtown South Bend.

Last month, a proposed seven story apartment and condo project known as River Race Flats was placed in jeopardy after zoning officials denied permission to go above the city's five story height limit.

Now, the developer has found a way to take his case to raise the roof directly to the elected members of the South Bend Common Council

"Last time, we had three letters from city council members in favor of it," explained David Matthews, of Matthews LLC. "We had 27 neighbors write letters in support. We had a letter and the president of the Howard Park Neighborhood Association show up and she spoke in favor of it. So this is a project that the community wants, the city wants, the mayor's office economic investment spoke in favor of it.
And we got turned down by the ABZA somehow."

The proposed building at Niles Avenue and Jefferson would be six stories tall with a rooftop deck.
It would feature restaurant and office space on the lower two floors.

It looks like the request to exceed the height limit should go before the South Bend Common Council sometime in July.

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