Could South Bend City Hall move to former College Football Hall - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Could South Bend City Hall move to former College Football Hall of Fame?

Posted:

South Bend Common Council President Derek Dieter said Wednesday afternoon that he'd like to see the old College Football Hall of Fame building turned into a new City Hall.  Dieter said he's been thinking of this idea ever since he first heard the Hall of Fame would be leaving South Bend.

According to Dieter the City of South Bend currently pays $498,591.06 a year for their rent and utilities at the County-City Building, 11 parking locations, the Water Works office space, the Building Department, and Downtown South Bend.  Dieter would like to move all the city offices in the County-City Building, Water Works, Building Department, and DTSB into the former College Football Hall of Fame building.  He said the City already owns the building so the only cost would be to renovate.  But he said he does not know a cost for those renovations.  He admits right now this is just an idea.

There are numerous advantages of a City Hall at the old College Football Hall of Fame, according to Dieter.  "I think this is a fantastic place to have city government.  You are in the downtown area, you're right here basically ground zero." His list also includes a customer friendly setting, parking garage/and or Century Center parking for city employees, more parking for people who need to do business with city government, gridiron provides endless space for community gatherings, council could use theater space for council meetings, and more.

Aaron Perri with Downtown South Bend said it's an idea that should be thrown into the mix with all the other ideas but, "Before it becomes a city hall I think we need to make sure all other options are exhausted, in terms of, the building was designed to be an attraction from day one."

Perri said DTSB is working with the Community Investment Department on aggressively marketing the empty building on a National scale.  He expects an official call for offers to be put out in the next month or two.

Current downtown businesses said they don't want the space to remain empty but they don't think having City Hall there would increase their business, "I don't think that would make too much difference, as far as that goes since the county city building is so close already," said Alicia Shea at Bruno's Pizza.  Donald Willman at Imagine That! said, "I don't think it would help to have city hall there..it would just be more offices, which we already have."

They would prefer a new attraction or new business.  And Dieter said that's his first choice too.  "Of course all of use would like a for profit company to purchase this and start a business here, that'd be great."  He's just offering a back up idea if that doesn't happen.

Mayor Pete Buttigeig sent FOX28 a statement on this idea Wednesday afternoon.  He said, "We have no plans to move City offices at this time.  I am always open to exploring ways to improve City efficiency and reduce costs, and this is the kind of topic that should be part of an ongoing, shared discussion among the administration, Common Council, and County leaders."

So how does Mayor Pete Buttigieg feel about this? We asked the Mayor during his monthly night out event tonight.

"We have no plans at this time to move city offices or city hall," said Mayor Buttigeig. "But what I will say is that its important to keep an open mind about everything that could lead to efficiencies and cost savings so even though there's no plan in the works I'm always open to a conversation. And I hope Councilman Dieter will have a meeting with me, let me know what's on his mind."

The mayor has two goals for the building. The first is to make it an attraction so it could bring a lot of visitors and revenue. And the other option is commercial space for retail and offices. The mayor would like to pick an option that would help pay off the outstanding bonds.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mishawaka firefighters responding to fire on Indiana Avenue.

    Mishawaka firefighters responding to fire on Indiana Avenue.

    Mishawaka firefighters are called out to a fire at 626 Indiana Avenue. They got the call around 4:50 am Tuesday morning. No word on injuries or a cause for the fire. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.More >>
    Mishawaka firefighters are called out to a fire at 626 Indiana Avenue. They got the call around 4:50 am Tuesday morning. No word on injuries or a cause for the fire. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.More >>
  • Henry Davis Jr. submits letter announcing temporary leave of absence

    Henry Davis Jr. submits letter announcing temporary leave of absence

    Henry Davis Jr.Henry Davis Jr.
    South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis Jr. is taking a temporary leave of absence from his Council duties. In a letter to Council President Oliver Davis, Henry Davis Jr. said he is taking a medical leave to concentrate on his health. He said he is unable to comment on his July 19 arrest for Operating While Intoxicated, under the advisement of legal council.

    More >>
    South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis Jr. is taking a temporary leave of absence from his Council duties. In a letter to Council President Oliver Davis, Henry Davis Jr. said he is taking a medical leave to concentrate on his health. He said he is unable to comment on his July 19 arrest for Operating While Intoxicated, under the advisement of legal council.

    More >>
  • SB Common Council pays hefty legal bills

    SB Common Council pays hefty legal bills

    The South Bend Common Council has some hefty legal bills to take care of.The police tapes scandal forced them to hire an attorney back in 2012. Originally they hoped to have the legal fees cost them about $10,000 but it quickly escalated."Through filings in federal court and state court we were involved in three other lawsuits, this council asked us to continue our representation and we did," says Spence Walton the attorney that was hired by the council.Councilwomen Valerie Schey says the cou...More >>
    The South Bend Common Council has some hefty legal bills to take care of.The police tapes scandal forced them to hire an attorney back in 2012. Originally they hoped to have the legal fees cost them about $10,000 but it quickly escalated."Through filings in federal court and state court we were involved in three other lawsuits, this council asked us to continue our representation and we did," says Spence Walton the attorney that was hired by the council.Councilwomen Valerie Schey says the cou...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.