Michigan City accepting proposals for next downtown project

City of Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- According to city officials, Michigan City leaders are eyeing the launch of the next mixed-use development project in the core of downtown at the site of Fifth and Pine Streets.

"Requests for Proposal (RFP) are being sought to purchase and develop the city-owned eight acres with a focus on cultivating housing, retail and vibrant downtown experiences with the aim of adding a new grocery store," said Executive Director Clarence Hulse.

There will be a Developer Pre-Proposal Session on Tuesday, May 14, and potential developers will be able to tour the site area and receive additional details on the RFP.

“The Fifth & Pine site is an important link between the Franklin Street Historic Commercial Corridor, the Uptown Arts District, Trail Creek and future waterfront redevelopment, and the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa,” said Michigan City Mayor Angie Nelson Deuitch. “The redevelopment site is also within walking distance of the new 11th Street Station, bringing enhanced rail service, transit-oriented development, tourism and connectivity to Chicago and the Northwest Indiana Region.”

The mayor said the city is seeking not only highly qualified development teams, but also those with a grasp on paving the way for creative growth.

“Leveraging the momentum of the recent investment of $450 million in private and public dollars in Michigan City and prime adjacency to downtown’s biggest assets and anchors, this property is a truly unique opportunity to enhance the resident, visitor and investor experience,” Deuitch said.

Visit the project's website for more information and to register to attend the developer session.

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