Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015
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.