New fitness center, sports fields, hotel proposed for Elkhart off East Jackson Boulevard

Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015

The blueprint for change along Jackson Boulevard, east of the Elkhart River, Elkhart. Boosters have a pretty grand vision, as outlined in the graphic. It's a screen shot from the 371-page report submitted by local boosters, Regional Cities of Northern Indiana, for state funding to help with the plans and other initiatives in a three-county area.

The blueprint for change along Jackson Boulevard, east of the Elkhart River, Elkhart. Boosters have a pretty grand vision, as outlined in the graphic. It’s a screen shot from the 371-page report submitted by local boosters, Regional Cities of Northern Indiana, for state funding to help with the plans and other initiatives in a three-county area.

Elkhart boosters have big hopes for the corridor along Jackson Boulevard, east of the Elkhart River and east of the downtown area.

Their multi-faceted dream came out in all its technicolor glory in a 371-page proposal publicly unveiled last week, part of a three-county bid for state funds to help pay for a range of upgrades across the zone. I combed through it, parsing the many Elkhart plans — a $32 million fitness center, six athletic fields, an indoor sports facility and 80-room hotel, a $55 million residential development and more.

Some of the elements had been hinted at previously. But taken together, they make for a very ambitious proposal, even if it is no sure thing it will come to fruition.

It’s a development story, and a big one. Still, I’ve seen many grand plans unveiled, only to fall by the wayside. Time will tell.

Look here for the story.

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