The newest data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a redeveloped area that sits just south of the University of Notre Dame accounts for a quarter of all population growth in South Bend over the past decade. Notre Dame says the area on the northeast side attracted 600 residents between 2010 and 2020.
The university took part in a public-private partnership to revitalize the area and “reverse decades of disinvestment and decline.”
Notre Dame says the cornerstone of the multi-million-dollar rehabilitation is Eddy Street Commons. The complex, which was developed by Indianapolis-based Kite Realty, is a mixed-use development of apartments, hotels, retail and restaurant space near the campus.
“The population growth in the Northeast Neighborhood is a win-win for the university and the broader community,” said Tim Sexton, associate vice president for public affairs at Notre Dame. “For two decades, we have worked collaboratively with the city of South Bend, business partners and residents to bring a variety of housing options, retail and commercial development to the area. It is incredible to see the efforts of many paying off.”
The project also led to the development of new single-family homes in the area.
The university says the 10-by-10 block area has attracted 927 housing units and 636 residents. According to Notre Dame, the city as a whole added 2,285 residents, the most since the 1960 census