Kamm Island Apartment building sought for 100 Center Mishawaka update

MISHAWAKA — The city has offered to buy the former Kamm Island Apartment property and demolish it, enhancing any future renovation of the 100 Center’s pre-Civil War Kamm and Schellinger Brewery building.

A buy-sell agreement for the building and property at 750 Island View Lane will come before the Redevelopment Commission on Monday. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in City Hall, 600 E. Third St.

The city will offer $862,500 for the building and land to Indiana Land Trust 750SM, current owners. Ken Prince, director of planning and community development, said in remarks to the commission the price is the average of two appraisals of the property, based largely on the income generated by the 24 efficiency apartments.

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The former apartment building sits north of the rear of the 100 Center on a raceway from the St. Joseph River, a brewery-turned-mall during the 1960s that transformed the former brewery to a mixed-use center for restaurants, retailers and other businesses. The Grape Road commercial boom in the 1980s, however, hastened the center’s economic decline.