Today I attended the official ground breaking for the Shoppes on Six retail development, located at the corner of County Rd 6 and State Rd 19 in Elkhart Indiana. The ground breaking was for Phase 2 of the retail center by developer Thompson Thrift. Phase 1 of the project includes the 3000sf Verizon Wireless store and the small shop building which currently has Dunkin Donuts, Great Clips and Penn Station as tenants. Soon to come just west of the Verizon store will be an Old National Bank branch.
Phase 2 of the development will begin with a 70,000sf multitenant retail building on the south end of the lot anchored by Ross Dress for Less. There are also plans for a Petsmart and Shoe Carnival in the building and there are currently discussions with other potential tenants. The developer is hoping to anchor the corner of the development with a full service restaurant.
This development has been in the works for several years. The site was identified by the City as a blighted property, as it sat with old vacant buildings for several years. This corner will connect the retail development along County Rd 6 from the Walmart to the west and SR 19 to the east. The entire project was made possible with assistance from the City of Elkhart including Economic Development Director Barkley Garrett, public works, the county commissions and the Mayor’s office. Mayor Dick Moore praised the development for turning blight into positive development, adding jobs and retail options for the area without using any money from the City’s general fund.
When completed, the project will certainly make the connection to SR 19 and give the retail area some added and much needed density. Elkhart has long had a mix of retail and industrial overlapping use with old and new buildings side by side. This completes a larger plan of new centralized retail use.
For the local residents, what restaurant would you like to see at the corner? How about a Buffalo Wild Wings?