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Work begins on SB baseball stadium apartment project

(WNDU)
Published: Mar. 22, 2017 at 5:38 PM EDT
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The baseball season won’t start for a couple more weeks at Four Winds Field in South Bend, but the construction season got underway Wednesday.

Officials broke ground on a $22 million housing project being built beyond the left field fence.

“We're going to have four buildings, four stories, overlooking the ballpark,” said South Bend Cubs owner Andrew Berlin. “I think it’s about 435 feet from the balcony to home plate, so on a good poke you might be able to catch a home run ball.”

South Bend isn’t the only place where apartments are being built in close conjunction with a downtown baseball stadium—but the project does appear to be among the largest.

In Fort Wayne, a total of 43 luxury apartments were built outside a downtown stadium

A similar development In Lansing, Michigan involved the construction of 84 units

Size, perhaps sets the South Bend project apart. The Ivy at Berlin Place will have 120 apartments.

“Make no small plans, they're all possible,” said Berlin. “It's going to be a big development, but we feel confident we're going to sell these apartments.”

South Bend is following in the fabled footsteps of its parent Cub club. The Ivy at Berlin Place will too, have rooftop game watching opportunities for the general public.

“So we'll have chase lounges and pergolas and gardens and fire pits up there,” Berlin said. “It’ll be a beautiful space to watch a game up there.”

“You think about Chicago Cubs and the feel of Wrigleyville,” said Joe Whitsett with TWG Development. “That’s what we’re going to try to capture here. I think we’re going to hit a home run with that, pardon the pun.”

The rooftop facility in question is going to be 10,000 square feet—big enough to hold up to 400 fans.

The construction that began today is expected to be completed by opening day 2018.

Whitsett says rents "are going to be very affordable, somewhere in the, just above and just below a thousand dollars per unit, depending on the size and the view."