The owners of a pre-Civil War building in Mishawaka say the property is for sale, but whoever buys the structure will probably need deep pockets to pay for needed repairs and development of the nearly 170-year-old building. The South Bend Tribune reports Illinois-based AA Access Corp. is asking for nearly $1 million for the 100 Center.
Built in 1853, the 100,000-square-foot building was once the main office for the Kamm and Schellinger Brewery.
The brewery shut down in the 1950s. Since then, it has been a mixed-use facility of restaurants, night clubs and retailers.
The publication says the building started to decline in the 1980s and was losing tenants. The city says the building, in its current condition, is a nuisance. The publication says the owners have been fined multiple times.
The building was placed on Indiana Landmarks’ list of the state’s most endangered historic buildings this summer to bring public attention to the structure. The preservation group says the four-story structure is the last of a thriving industrial area along the Mishawaka riverfront.
“The brewery building’s solid masonry construction and significant local history merit rehabilitation,” according to Indiana Landmarks.
The owners said they had financing in place to conduct a major renovation, but then the pandemic struck and derailed the project.
Mishawaka city planner Ken Prince told the publication the 100 Center could still be saved and the city would be willing to use tax abatement or create a tax increment financing district to support a developer.
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