Council approves city funds for Hotel Elkhart renovation


ELKHART— The Elkhart City Council unanimously approved $1,950,000 worth of funds to aid in the renovation of the Hotel Elkhart in the city’s downtown.

The city is partnering with Mishawaka-based Cressy Commercial Real Estate, who plans to invest some $12 million in the project.

Prior to Monday evening’s Council meeting, Cressy Commercial Real Estate Senior Vice President Ed Bradley, Jr., delivered a presentation to the Council which provided details of the renovation project.

When complete, the renovated building will have multiple uses which include a boutique hotel, retail and office tenants, and a new brewpub.

Retail and office tenants and the brewpub will be on the first floor, with more office tenants on the second, and a hotel on floors three through eight.

The Athenia Ballroom, which is located on the building’s ninth floor, will undergo a complete renovation.

Bradley received a warm welcome from the Council, which voted 7-0 in favor of appropriating the $1,950,000 in funds.

Councilwoman Mary Olson was absent from Monday night’s meeting, and Council President Brian Dickerson abstained from the vote.

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