Breaking New Ground: Mishawaka – The Mill at Ironworks Plaza


If it feels like you’re reading one of these groundbreaking posts every week – well…you kind of are. We just finished a whirlwind 3.5 weeks at F&C, where we broke ground on three brand new projects in a very short span of time. But the planning, preparation and execution of these events is worth it when you see and hear the excitement from the city officials and local residents who are looking forward to these projects completing and become part of the fabric of their downtowns.

Yesterday, it was Mishawaka’s turn, as we broke ground with the City, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and Regional Development Authority (RDA) on The Mill at Ironworks Plaza.

You can read the official press release HERE.

But really, the story is much more about the passion the folks in Mishawaka have for this project – and particularly, this site on Front Street near the St. Joseph River, the exact spot the city was founded on in 1833. Pretty incredible fact!

“Mishawaka’s growth has always been tied to this location,” said Mayor David Wood at the event. “It is the heart of this city. What a great way to kick off the start of Mishawaka’s future!”

Elaine Bedel, President of the IEDC, and John DeSalle, of RDA, both spoke passionately about the investment made in the City, and in Northern Indiana Cities. You can feel in the tone of their voices how important this project is.

Another aspect of The Mill that stood out to our team – The Maker’s Room amenity that lead developer Brian Prince spoke in-depth about. It’s a space where residents can tinker, create freely and store their tools and items they’d normally keep in the garage. This is the first project we’re incorporated this amenity and we’re excited to get residents feedback.

Additionally, the project will boast Stacked Pickle as an anchor tenant, and we were pleased to have former Indianapolis Colts linebacker and Stacked Pickle owner Gary Brackett on-hand for yesterday’s event.

If you ever want to follow our events live, check out the F&C Twitter page HERE. Welcome to the F&C family, Mishawaka and The Mill at Ironworks Plaza!

Back to School Means Giving Back

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For Williamsburg on the Lake and Carriage House, two Flaherty & Collins Properties managed communities in Elkhart, Indiana, August signified not just the start of the Back to School season, but a chance to give back to those in the community.

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Both Carriage House and Williamsburg on the Lake donated items that the properties had been collecting for back to school supplies to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Elkhart County (Ind.) so that children would have backpacks full of necessary supplies on the first day of school – which is rapidly approaching (summer, we hardly knew ye!).


We thank our Property Manager Phyllis Fields and the wonderful site staffs at both properties for getting involved and giving back!


Hoffman Hotel Apartments Open, Artists Welcome

Today, the Hoffman Hotel Apartments open in South Bend, and our management team is on hand to oversee the festivities. And just moments ago, the bells were rung to officially open this very cool project, designed with the creative artists in mind.

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Originally built in the early 1900s, Hoffman Hotel is a historic, 12-story building at Main and LaSalle in South Bend.


Now that the rehab has been completed, South Bend has its first housing complex for artists.


“From the city’s perspective, artists are considered an early adaptor and they maybe lead the way into someplace that folks are nervous to get into,” said William Hollingsworth, Principal  with Equal Development, LLC.

So how about a quick pictorial tour?

The apartments – to be entirely occupied by artists –  feature sliding doors, Murphy beds, and lockers salvaged from the old St. Joseph HighSchool.


It’s a pretty sweet concept, not to mention an eye-appealing one as well.


The bathroom will certainly jog the creativity loose each morning when artists are getting ready.


And with a kitchen like this, it might change the notion of the “starving artist”:


The grand lobby will serve as a gallery, where works of art will be displayed or performed.

“They’re actually going to go in front of an artist committee,” explained Tami Chin, Property Manager of Hoffman Hotel Apartments and a member of the Flaherty & Collins Properties management team. “We’re not here to judge their art work; we just want to see what they’re going to give back to the community.”

Don’t worry, artists will be able to create their work in house. A 12th floor community studio gives residents a picturesque place to create their art.





And did we mention the view from the studio?



Residents will be comprised of multiple types of artists: anything from chefs to musicians, from painters to sculptors, and from dancers to actors.

Apartments homes are designed to be affordable at Hoffman Hotel Apartments, with a studio in the neighborhood of $550 and a two bedroom unit priced right around $700.

For more information on the Hoffman Hotel Apartments call 574-233-1400. Special thanks to our own Gavin Greene for the photos.

Lt. Gov Visits Romweber Flats


Lt. Governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb, visited Romweber Flats yesterday, and our team could not have been more excited – or proud – to show off the property.


Romweber Flats was awarded the Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development- Rural category in 2014. The award recognized a rural affordable housing project that creatively and cooperatively improves the lives of their residents and the community.

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Romweber Flats is centrally located in downtown Batesville, Indiana and offers senior living in a convenient life style with modern amenities. Within walking distance of churches, restaurants, city parks and the farmers market, Romweber Flats is a great choice in a friendly environment. After undergoing an $8,000,000 renovation Romweber Flats is an energy efficient building that has attained a gold leed status. Romweber Flats consists of 84 apartments, with one and two bedroom options. Thoughtfully designed, these apartments offer many unique design features for seniors, helping them maintain their independence. Eight apartments have been specifically designed with residents that are physically handicapped. Washers and dryers are provided in each apartment. A central elevator provides easy access to each floor and basement that has secure resident storage at no additional cost. Romweber Flats is protected by a sprinkler system and has a central security, limiting access to residents and their guests. Residents can relax and socialize in many common areas including a movie room, an atrium room with 50’ foot ceiling, and The Big Four Café, which will be located on the first floor and will provide daily meals and will offer a wide variety of classes.

When You’re Downtown

We’re humming a little tune this week…

That’s right…we’re ready to go there – to Downtown Terrace, that is! Our Affordable Development team has been working hard on this project over the past couple years and our grand opening is just around the corner, to be held next Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30am at the site, located at 611 Main Street in Petersburg.

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Downtown Terrace, which features 42 affordable senior apartment homes, is a collaborative effort between the City of Petersburg, Pike County Progress Partners, Jim Higgs Associates, Myszak + Palmer, and Flaherty & Collins Properties. Pike County Progress Partners, Inc. is the sponsoring not-for-profit agency for this community development initiative. Flaherty & Collins Properties will manage the property.

Good Samaritan Hospital will be the anchor tenant for the newly constructed building, which includes approximately 10,500 square feet of retail and office space. They will run an urgent care facility on the main floor, providing mental health service and a physician’s clinic.

“We are thrilled to open Downtown Terrace to the City of Petersburg and the residents who will call it home,” says Duane Miller, Vice President of Community & Asset Management for Flaherty & Collins Properties. “It has been an exciting project and looks fantastic.”


Downtown Terrace maximizes location, with many Petersburg amenities, such as restaurants, parks, grocery stores, shopping, entertainment, banks, churches and medical facilities, all located within close proximity to the project. An outdoor green space and attractive landscaping transform the entire block, and on-site parking is available.