Our Mission

Our mission is to define the development plan and process for holding constituents accountable for creating a master design, development book, and assembling properties and developers to create the River District.

River District Implementation Team Objectives

  1. Create a walkable, urban community as an expansion of downtown Elkhart.

  2. Per a residential market analysis, develop 1000+ housing units in the River District and surrounding area.

  3. Include a supermarket and mixed-use solutions supporting residential living.

  4. Upgrade parks, the Riverwalk, and recreational amenities. 

  5. Assure that adequate parking will support all events and activities.

RDIT Timeline


The steps above will take place from the summer of 2018 through November of 2019.  This will assemble, design and prepare the River District for redevelopment efforts with developers and investors for the designated areas.

River District Scope of Work

Development Zones

The River District will be split into "development zones" inspiring local investors and developers to lead constructing new mixed-use projects.

Phases of Work

Projects will be organized in three phases ranging from one to ten years of development. Phase One is already underway.

Infrastructure Investments

The City of Elkhart has proactively started investing in infrastructure that will build streets, utilities, parks and recreation that will support the development projects.