Vol. 8, October 2010 - Neighborhoods and Quality of Life

FOCUS ON

South Bend neighborhoods have something for everyone

Whether your taste runs to turn-of-the-century Queen Anne, contemporary ranch or something in between, you get more house for your money when you buy in South Bend. Read more …

FEATURE

Downtown housing offers gracious urban living

From historic adaptive reuse to new construction, and from modest budgets to high-end luxury, there’s an urban living arrangement in downtown South Bend that’s just right for every taste. Read more …

COMPANY PROFILE

Weiss Homes: Selling well

Weak housing market? Don’t tell that to Dave Weiss, whose Notre Dame Avenue Homes, south of Jefferson Boulevard in the East Bank Village, sold out within a year of completion. Read more …

IN CONVERSATION

Jim Dunfee of Century 21 Dunfee Realty

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

Jim Dunfee Jr. is a second-generation owner of Century 21 Jim Dunfee Realty, which started in 1958. Jim joined the family business in 1973, and has received nearly every award given out within the Century 21 Corp. Jim is past president of The Board of Realtors, past president of the Multiple Listing Service, past president of the Century 21 Broker’s Council, and past recipient of The Realtor of the Year for our region. Read more ...

MULTIMEDIA

Tour our neighborhoods

Click here to take of tour of South Bend’s great neighborhoods, led by Mayor Stephen J. Luecke!

But wait, there’s more!

Want to learn more about South Bend neighborhoods? From Chapin Park, to Harter Heights, we’ve got it covered in the Neighborhoods section of the City of South Bend website. Read profiles, browse photo galleries, view maps – just click here!

INNOVATION IN GOVERNMENT

SELL South Bend helps Realtors sell homes

What began as a course for Realtors to help them sell prospective buyers on South Bend’s main features has become a popular and ever-expanding lunch series open to the public. Attendees are guided through the city’s rich history, cultural heritage and successes, and learn about plans for the future. Read more …

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

Transpo dedicates new facility

The nation’s first LEED Platinum transit facility was dedicated on Thursday, Oct. 14, as Transpo, the public transportation entity for the greater South Bend area, opened a new administration, maintenance and operations facility at Ignition Park. 

The Emil “Lucky” Reznik Administration, Maintenance and Operations Facility, 1401 S. Lafayette Blvd., replaces Transpo’s existing facility on Northside Boulevard, which dates back to the 1880s and originally housed horses and carriages. The new facility will allow Transpo to improve fleet maintenance and pave the way for the introduction of alternatively fueled buses beginning in 2011.

With more than 200 miles of bus routes and a fleet exceeding 65 vehicles, Transpo logs more than 3 million miles annually. More info here …

Community Casket Co. announces grand opening

Community Casket Co., which provides an affordable alternative to the high-priced cost of burial caskets, is planning a grand opening for a new facility in South Bend.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at the facility, 1133 S. Main St. More info here …

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Bill Brewster, chief financial officer of Inter Technologies in South Bend, who won a pair of tickets to the Saturday, Oct. 9, Notre Dame football game, vs. Pitt, in our drawing at the Friday, Sept. 24, Chamber Business Expo.

TECH PARK UPDATES

GoInformatics Inc. provides ideal laboratory solutions

A company that specializes in innovative software and services for Laboratory Information Management Systems offers the ideal solution for small to medium-sized laboratories. Read more …

Ignition Park master plan approved by Commission

Planning for Ignition Park took an important step forward earlier this month. 

The South Bend Redevelopment Commission on Friday, Oct. 1, approved a master plan for a planned unit development for Ignition Park, which will enhance the City of South Bend’s ability to attract tenants to the planned technology park. Read more …

NEWS & HEADLINES

Developer plans project for city's tallest building

The Chase Tower, the city’s tallest structure, could undergo a $43.6-million acquisition and interior/exterior renovation to create a new senior living center and an upscale hotel, while reducing to 80 the 176 hotel rooms now available in the downtown landmark.

Developers estimate the project will create 180 to 195 full-time jobs during construction and, on completion, will add more than 125 new full-time jobs to the Central Business District, with the senior center increasing the number of permanent downtown residents by more than 250 people. Developers estimate the project would have an economic impact of more than $50 million annually. More info here …

Notre Dame receives civic service award

The University of Notre Dame received the Larry A. Conrad Civic Service Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns at a luncheon ceremony on Monday, Oct. 4, at the Hilton Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Conrad Award recognizes a private citizen, company or civic organization for private sector service to municipal government.

Notre Dame had been nominated for the award by South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke, who cited, among many other things, the University’s recent 10-year commitment of more than $3 million in unrestricted funds to the city government to help the city meet its budget, fully staff police and fire departments and keep park facilities open; the Notre Dame community’s 2009 contribution of more than 420,000 hours of community service; and the benefits of the Eddy Street Commons development project. More info here …

South Bend shares in award for local government cooperation

The cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, along with St. Joseph County, received the 2010 Local Government Cooperation Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) on Monday, Oct. 4. The award was presented for their support of and response to the first-ever Bike the Bend ride. The award was presented for their support of and response to the first-ever Bike the Bend ride on Sunday, May 23.

Mayor Stephen J. Luecke of South Bend and Mayor Dave Wood of Mishawaka received the award during a luncheon ceremony at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, site of IACT’s annual conference. More info here …

Two economic-development efforts receive awards

A brochure to promote economic development opportunities in conjunction with South Bend’s Ignition Park won an Excellence in Economic Development award from an international panel of private- and public-sector experts.

In addition, the City of South Bend’s partnership with the University of Notre Dame received an honorable mention for a Northeast Neighborhood revitalization initiative. Read more …

Notre Dame scientists contribute to genetic engineering discovery

A research and development effort by the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming and Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. has succeeded in producing transgenic silkworms capable of spinning artificial spider silks. 

“This research represents a significant breakthrough in the development of superior silk fibers for both medical and non-medical applications,” said Malcolm J. Fraser Jr., a Notre Dame professor of biological sciences. “The generation of silk fibers having the properties of spider silks has been one of the important goals in materials science.” More info here …