Pictured here is a portion of the newly restored brick exterior of the Emporium Building in South Bend. Local developer Dave Matthews purchased the building back in 2013 and recently began removing the paint from the exterior. Matthews will continue to remove the paint from the Niles Avenue side of the building improving the look and further enhancing the feel of the local neighborhood. The brick on the river side of the building is too soft to withstand the paint removal process, says Matthews, so that side will remain as is.
The East Bank Village continues to see improvements and developments. Jefferson Blvd improvements were recently completed which includes sidewalks, bike lanes and curbside landscaping. New residential units are breaking ground and others planned near the river at the former Transpo site. I would expect that we will continue to see new developments announced for the area in the near future.