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3/12/2017 12:14:00 PM
New apartments in downtown South Bend fill up. But how much is too much?
A kitchen inside an eighth-floor apartment at Studebaker Lofts in downtown South Bend. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
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A kitchen inside an eighth-floor apartment at Studebaker Lofts in downtown South Bend. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
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Erin Blasko, South Bend Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND — Two new apartment projects are beginning to test the market for upscale housing in the heart of the city, with promising early results.

Work is nearly complete on The LaSalle, a 67-unit apartment project in the former LaSalle Hotel, and Studebaker Lofts, a 52-unit project in the former JMS Building.

Meanwhile, people already are moving into the two historic buildings, contributing to a growing population of permanent, full-time residents downtown.

The projects, developed with support from taxpayers, represent the tip of the spear in terms of new market-rate housing downtown, with as many as seven similar projects set to come online by the end of 2019.

Those projects, ranging from a repurposed former printing plant to a new nine-story apartment building, comprise an additional 450 new living units in the Central Business District and East Bank.

And they promise to breathe new life into a city that has struggled to reinvent itself since residents and businesses started fleeing for the suburbs in the 1960s.

Colfax @ Hill, a newly constructed apartment building at Hill Street and Colfax Avenue, already is close to full. The mixed-use building features 17 market-rate apartment units with rents ranging from $1,000 to $1,800 per month. It opened in August.

Still, who will occupy all the new apartments remains to be seen.

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