An artist's rendering of the new Mishawaka City Hall shows the first floor entry view. Work will begin in 2021 on the renovation of the former Mutual Library insurance building for the city hall, police station and Mishawaka Utilities business office. Image provided
An artist's rendering of the new Mishawaka City Hall shows the first floor entry view. Work will begin in 2021 on the renovation of the former Mutual Library insurance building for the city hall, police station and Mishawaka Utilities business office. Image provided
MISHAWAKA — Mayor Dave Wood boasted during his state of the city address Monday that despite the pandemic’s impact on many aspects of city operations, it’s remained open for business.

And, the city targeted agencies such as REAL Services, Boys and Girls Club, the YWCA and the Mishawaka Food Pantry to receive federal COVID dollars. And a small business loan program was established.

With a decrease in construction activity in the city, Wood said recovery was stimulated by putting a $45 million bond through the city’s consolidated TIF district into play by getting started on some of the city’s planned construction projects.

The largest project in this city list would be the ice ribbon park, cafe and event areas for Beutter Park, a $20.5 million project to serve as a replacement for Merrifield Park rink.

Future projects also include a new Fire Station No. 2 on land near Liberty Elementary School ($7.6 million), Cedar Street Motorpool reclamation ($4 million) and a Riverwalk restoration project ($2.4 million), among others.
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