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Lafayette building to be rehabilitated in downtown South Bend

WSBT 22

A historic building in Downtown South Bend will soon be getting some much needed rehab.

The Redevelopment Commission approved $1.5 million to be spent on the Lafayette Building.

The building was viewed as a safety hazard. The alley next to the building has been closed and officials worry about falling debris.

This money will be the first step in bringing life back to the over 100-year-old building.

The first priority is patching the roof and skylight. That will help keep the building from getting worse during the winter.

The city should officially own it by the end of January. The idea is to then partner with other developers to save the building.

"It's an important part of South Bend's urban fabric and we want to make sure we save that we save those historic pieces, because they're a part of our community and they're part of our identity. We want to make sure that is retained,” said South Bend Director of Planning, Tim Corcoran.

The city says there are already developers interested in the project.

The city is open to multiple uses including retail space, office space, or apartments.

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