Front of the State Theater on South Michigan Street in South Bend in January 2021. Provided image
Front of the State Theater on South Michigan Street in South Bend in January 2021. Provided image
SOUTH BEND — Citing extensive water damage and a lack of communication with the city’s code enforcement department, a hearing officer Thursday issued $10,000 in fines to the owner of the historic State Theater in downtown South Bend.

At a code enforcement hearing, city inspectors detailed code violations, including crumbling bricks on the outside of the theater and water damage to the building’s roof, walls and interior. Inspectors said a pedestrian walking in the alley between the theater and the old Club Fever building was almost hit by a falling chunk of brick.

“Anyone walking past it can see the danger; the owner has to see the danger,” said hearing officer Michelle Engel before granting the city’s request for two $5,000 civil penalties.

Engel also affirmed a previous order to repair the building’s roof.

A representative from the building’s owner, Toscana Capital Group LLC, did not attend the hearing and the registered agent for the company, Richard Ejemenye, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
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