South Bend Seeking Development of Two Key Sites

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The city of South Bend is shopping two high-profile sites to developers. The St. Joseph County city is accepting proposals for a multi-tenant building at Ignition Park. It has also released a video promoting redevelopment opportunities for the former College Football Hall of Fame. June 2, 2013

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - South Bend is currently accepting proposals for "Multi-Tenant Facility Development" at Ignition Park. Bids are due on August 12, however, interested developers must submit a letter of intent to bid by July 17. Construction is to occur in 2014.

Ignition Park is South Bend's dual site State Certified Technology Park along with Innovation Park at Notre Dame. The Park has completed the first phase of its infrastructure that has opened up several sites for development. Additional infrastructure improvements are planned in the immediate future. Data Realty, a tier III data center, serving small to mid-size companies, is up and running in a new $15 million building. South Bend continues to recruit additional businesses.

To assist it's growth, the South Bend Redevelopment Commission has put out a call for proposals for the development of a multi-tenant building in Ignition Park to house small- to medium-sized companies that are in the advanced stages of incubation at Notre Dame's Innovation Park, but aren't ready to build and own their own facility. South Bend seeks a developer to build, manage, and own the multi-tenant facility. The RFP can be found online at www.southbendin.gov/bids. Bids are due on August 12, however, interested developers MUST submit a letter of intent to bid by July 17 to jkain@southbendin.gov.

The city is leveraging the region's broadband infrastructure and the Studebaker corridor's power capacity - a positive legacy left from the defunct automaker - to turn former industrial land into a base for technology firms.

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Originally Posted June 20, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Downtown South Bend (DTSB) released a video highlighting how the city has come to terms with its industrial past turning the manufacturing section of town into an emerging high-tech industrial park. It also features how South Bend has been preparing itself for the information age since before anyone knew what was coming. As was a benefit to Studebaker sitting at the intersection of shipping crossroads, today South Bend is sitting at the center of six national fiber routes at the center of the information superhighway.

This is just the beginning of a new South Bend, says DTSB, as they and the City of South Bend seek a partner to help adaptively reuse the former College Football Hall of Fame, located at 111 South St. Joseph Street in downtown South Bend. A website, CallForOffer.com, has been established with submittal requirements. The deadline for submissions is July 31.

"This is a great property with tremendous potential and a key piece of downtown redevelopment," Mayor Pete Buttigieg says. "Adapting existing assets to new uses is a City priority and we look forward to seeing proposals that offer a dynamic addition to the community."

To access the video, please visit http://www.ci.south-bend.in.us/.

Sources: The City of South Bend, Downtown South Bend