Money approved for Lafayette Building improvements

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) Another historic downtown South Bend building is getting a facelift.

On Thursday, the Redevelopment Commission approved $1.5 million to fix up the Lafayette Building.

The city is trying to get ownership of the building, and it could take several months.

After that, they will work on getting asbestos, lead and mold out of the building and get it on track for developers to take on the project.

"My vision is just to see it be of great active use again. I think it's a beautiful building on the inside. I'd like it to be, whether if it's an office or apartments, I really don't care. I just want to see it back in use and being a productive part of our downtown community," said community investment planning director Tim Corcoran.

The city hopes to have the deed for the building in their hands by the end of January.