The city of Mishawaka is looking to acquire and demolish the former Kamm Island Apartment property. The South Bend Tribune reports the acquisition could help make way for potential redevelopment of the nearby historic Kamm & Schellinger Brewery building.
The city has reached an agreement with the current owners to acquire the building and property for more than $860,000, according to the publication. The building is located north of the former brewery, which has sat vacant for several decades.
The current owners acquired the apartment building last year and had planned to renovate it, but damage from an electrical fire halted those plans. Ken Prince, director of planning and community development for Mishawaka, later said a remodel of the building would be a detriment to redevelopment plans for 100 Center, the former mixed-use complex that was developed in the 1960s after the Kamm brewery had closed.
The Mishawaka Redevelopment Commission will consider the acquisition agreement this afternoon. If approved, it will go before the city council for final approval.
If all approvals are received, the city says demolition could take place this fall.
Meanwhile, the 100,000-square-foot brewery building is currently listed for sale for just under $1 million. Prince tells the Tribune a purchase agreement is believed to be in place for the property, which is currently owned by an entity in Illinois.
You can read the full story from the South Bend Tribune by clicking here.
Last year, Indiana Landmarks placed the Kamm & Schellinger Brewery building on its 10 Most Endangered list. Around INdiana Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman spotlighted the building in our Endangered INdiana series, which you can watch below: