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Mishawaka Planning Commission ok's multi-use project near Toscana Park

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Great Lakes Capital of South Bend is looking to make a major investment to an area that's been growing for the past few years.

It's about 45 acres just west of Toscana Park near the State Road 23 and Gumwood Road intersection.

It's an investment worth more than $50 million.

Managing partner with Great Lakes Capital, Ryan Rans says it's, "A combination of multi-family, assisted living, office, retail and restaurant development."

Great Lakes Capital is asking the city of Mishawaka to annex the land before it will go through with the plans.

The Planning Commission took up the petition at its meeting Tuesday.

A few people who live near the proposed project came out to voice their concerns, saying they don't know much about the project and simply want to learn more about how it may affect them.

"Concerned a little about traffic, about lighting, about noise, about seasonal views, which may have already been addressed," says Jim Schellinger, whose relative lives near the proposed site.

Another concern is a proposed through-road into a nearby neighborhood.

"I would strenuously object to allowing a connecting road that would run from a commercial and multi-family development directly into a residential, single-family area," says Ron Zielinski, who lives near the proposed project.

Rans says he is willing to answer any questions homeowners have as the project moves forward.

He says plans within the project address the concern with traffic-flow. "By doing this project, it allows all the right of way to come into the city, and to allow the expansion of the road, Gumwood Road, to add the right turn lane, that now bottlenecks all the traffic coming from the north," says Rans.

Rans says now is the right time to make the investment.

"We're seeing strength in retail, restaurant, office, and especially multi-family," says Rans.

The Planning Commission unanimously passed the petition for annexation Tuesday. That means it now has to going to the City Council for approval.

The project is a multi-year plan that Rans says will start with the housing, which is about 200 units. Rans says if the Council supports the plan, construction could start this summer.

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