Michigan City has issued a Request for Proposals for a mixed-use development project near the South Shore Line. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the development would serve as a hub centered on the new 11th Street Station, which is being built as part of the South Shore Double Track Project.

The city, along with the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, is seeking a developer to create a hub with 426 commuter parking spaces, train station, and waiting area, according to the publication. The project site totals more than 65,000 square feet, covering an entire city block, and could accommodate projects up to 10 floors in height.

According to the RFP, the development would include the 11th Street Station itself, a parking structure, and a mixed-use aspect that could include any combination of residential, retail and commercial space. A special focus is also on the restoration and reinstallation of the station’s historic facade from 1927.

The target completion date for the project is May 2024. The city says it will commit up to $16 million in funding for the project, plus the costs of certain environmental remediation needed at the site.

“Building on the impressive, shared commitment at the federal, state and local levels, to make Lake Michigan’s southern shore a more prominent part of the nation’s third-largest economy, this project has regional significance,” Mayor Duane Perry said in a letter to developers. “It will be a new multi-modal hub, 60 minutes from Chicago, with the new improvements to the South Shore Line in place. It will enhance access and connections to our city and its significant assets — from our national park, beaches and parks to our renowned arts district and Blue Chip casino, to our businesses and substantial educational offerings.”

Proposals are due by December 10 and the city will hold a developer information session October 7 at Uptown Social in Michigan City. You can learn more about the project by clicking here.