Demolition crews are currently working inside the 25-story former Chase Tower in South Bend, executing plans to turn it into the “Aloft South Bend” hotel. This change requires extensive renovation of the building, including the removal of mold inside of many of the bathrooms. By 2017, the space will serve as a home to 138 hotel rooms and 28 apartments.
Removing most of the drywall and following strict remediation techniques to ensure that the mold doesn’t spread to other areas of the building, the crews are working diligently to meet the desired deadline.
The model that was approved greatly differs from previous plans for the Tower. In 2011, an original investor wanted to spend $5.7 million in the parking garage attached to the building. After some concerns and questions, however, the administration pulled this bill from the Council.
The Council President claimed that “There were a lot of red flags in other cities where he [the original investor] had done business that fell through,” and that “It just didn’t look like a good deal for south Bend.”
Luckily, the City is able to aggressively pursue this deal due to the viable model presented through Aloft, in part because it doesn’t require a large City investment.
This should create another dynamic corner in downtown, adding further to the vitality and beauty that already exists in South Bend.