Hundreds gather at Lerner Theatre to learn more about the Elkhart River District Revitalization Plan

ELKHART (January 18, 2018) – Over 300 community members filled the Lerner Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom last Thursday to learn more about the city’s plans to revitalize the Elkhart River District. The vision behind these efforts is to develop a vibrant urban space that complements existing Main Street assets and creates a destination where people want to live.

During the 90-minute presentation, guests heard from local leaders – including Mayor Tim Neese – members of the River District Implementation Team (RDIT) as well as nationally recognized professionals in residential market analysis and urban planning. The speakers used local data and national trends to assert the need to develop a walkable, urban city core that starts with residential development.

The event also offered an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide feedback on preliminary plans and renderings. Several residents expressed a desire to see bike racks, public restrooms, and green spaces for families and pets incorporated in the design. These suggestions, in addition to parking and traffic needs, are being considered as part of the final plan.

The overall project calls for over $200 million in new development over the next five years. Individual discussions have already taken place between the RDIT and all effected property owners in the area. This is an aggressive redevelopment plan, which the RDIT believes can be completed in large part by local developers and investors. Anyone interested in investment opportunities in the River District are encouraged to contact Shelley Moore, RDIT Project Lead, at 574-970-1322.

The RDIT will continue to modify and enhance the River District Master Plan over the coming months. A subsequent presentation to unveil the final plan is anticipated in April. To stay up to date on the latest news, visit and like Elkhart River District on Facebook.