August 24, 2015



The regular meeting of the City of Mishawaka Redevelopment Commission was called to order at 6:00 P.M. Monday, August 24, 2015 in Room 205, City Hall, 600 Third Street, Mishawaka, Indiana.

Commissioners Pingel, O'Dell, Eberhart, Deal, Ermeti and Stillson were present. Also present were Ken Prince, Attorney Beutter, Laura Raygoza and Marilyn Nelums-Jones.


Commissioner Deal motioned to approve minutes from the July 27, 2015 Redevelopment Commission meeting. Commissioner Ermeti seconded; motion carried.


The City of Mishawaka was to have a contract with the Human Rights Commission of South Bend. Unfortunately that was not achieved. When Redevelopment started creating the Action Plan and Caper, we were experiencing difficulty with our report in fulfilling compliance in this area. After not receiving any response, we terminated the attempt. In order to fulfill compliance, we had to find a way to offer housing information. Through our Consultant we were introduced to the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. The allocation given to Human Rights of South Bend will be re-allocated (lesser value) and will give us the required documents and fulfillment. Commissioner Ermeti motioned to approve the proposal; Commissioner Deal seconded; motion carried.


Commissioner Ermeti motioned to move meeting start time to 5:30 P.M. beginning with the September Redevelopment Commission meeting; Commissioner Eberhart seconded; motion carried.

Ken Prince reported that BatteII Center has received a 2.7 million dollar quote for renovation and we are currently taking bids. The project will include ADA restrooms, complete with window replacement. The awnings will be removed as they are not historically accurate. The front entryway will now have an open foyer. There will be a seating area and upcoming event signage space. We lost some parking spaces. There will be HCDA improvements. The auditorium and balcony is currently closed and there will be 130 seats added to it. A movie screen and projector will also be added. There will be new lighting, hallways, new drop ceilings in hallways and schoolhouse fixtures are proposed for the project like those installed in Main Junior High Apartments.

The River Rock project is slow on the framing. Labor is an issue right now. There is a lot of building in the area right now, especially at Notre Dame. We suggested earlier on that they look at the separation of them and 711. They are content with the closeness. The Beauty Shop donated right of way to us. When the municipal lot behind them is created their location will appear more in context.

Commissioner Eberhart motioned to adjourn the meeting; Commissioner Ermeti seconded; meeting adjourned at 6:23P.M.

Jim Pingel, President

Ken Prince, City Planner

Marilyn Nelums-Jones, Clerk

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