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South Bend shares plan to revitalize west side corridors

South Bend shares plan to revitalize west side corridors

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SOUTH BEND -  It's long been a goal in South Bend, to make the west side of the city more attractive.  Tuesday night, a plan was discussed to do just that, specifically along Lincoln Way West and Western Avenue.

Talking about the proposed plan Anne Mannix said, "It builds momentum for the westside...it's been dead for along time. "

Mannix is developing property on Lincoln Way West and lives in the area.  She says re-doing Lincoln Say and Western Avenue is a great idea.  "It will make it look better and be a little more coherent and it will attract people. People can ride their bikes, it'll feel homier."

Attracting people is the goal.  Tuesday night this new plan was called Lincoln Way and Western Avenue quote, "re imagined"  It calls for making the current two lane roadways, one lane, with a center turn lane, bike lane, and on street parking.

"Parking will help tremendously," said John Oxiam.  Oxiam owns businesses along Lincoln way and has lived in the area all his life.  He's seen a lot of change on the roadway over the years and he says this plan is good change.  "It will bring people back so they can slow down, they can pull over and park, they can go to the businesses and all that."

Deputy Mayor Mark Neal said these roads aren't state highways anymore so people don't need to use them as a thorough fare.  Instead the city wants people to stop at destinations along the roads.  "People saying  'I feel comfortable biking, I feel comfortable walking and I can park my car in front of a shop I want to go to,'" said Neal

The City has allocated two million dollars for the corridors project, but they'll be looking for public-private partnerships and grant money to help.

Mannix said she's happy South Bend is taking these first steps to revitalize the west side.  "It's nice to see the city focusing on it."

The plan also calls for creating retail centers along both roadways.
But Right now this proposal is just a draft.  The planning consultants said they will continue to collect feedback on this plan throughout the summer and will make adjustments.  They'll present a final version to the Council at the end of summer.

Deputy Mayor Neal said this is a 10 year vision.
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