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Aldi adding nearly 3,000 square feet to Goshen store, board recommends approval of Millrace plan

A grocery chain on the south side of Goshen plans to add square footage and redesign parking, and plans for redevelopment in the city's Millrace area are moving forward.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

GOSHEN — Attention Aldi shoppers: The international grocery store chain is planning a significant expansion to its location on the south side of Goshen.

The Goshen Plan Commission approved a request from Aldi Inc. and Weaver Boos Consultants on Tuesday, April 15, to allow the company to redesign parking and add 2,889 square feet to the store at 2036 Lincolnway East. The extra square footage represents a 25 percent increase to the building’s size.

The grocery store was built in the early '90s when the company carried roughly 700 products, according to consultant Wayne Koch.

“Today, that has more than doubled in the amount, so this expansion is something we have been looking forward to,” Koch said.

Koch said the location “will be a brand-new-looking store on the inside.”

“The ceiling tiles will be completely removed, open ceiling. The facade will have the new canopy design that is similar to the prototypes we’re opening stores now with.”

MILLRACE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The redevelopment commission also recommended approval Tuesday to rezone property known as the Millrace development area from a manufacturing district to allow residential and commercial uses. The land is located on the west side of Third Street between Madison and Purl streets. The board also granted preliminary approval of the site plan presented by Matthews LLC of South Bend.

Matthews LLC plans to construct a trio of two-and three-story buildings with 24 units. Developer David Matthews said the smaller townhomes are expected to sell for roughly $150,000 with other starting prices around $240,000.

Mark Brinson, the city’s redevelopment director, told the commission that the Millrace area has been “part of Goshen's heritage as an industrial corridor” for decades. With that history came environmental issues that the city has worked to resolve, Brinson added. The city completed an extensive evaluation of the area with cleanup efforts that included the restoration of the nearby canal’s bank and planting native grasses among other projects.

Goshen mayor Allan Kauffman expressed support for the project.

“Some people say urban living won’t work in a city the size of Goshen, but we’re seeing all over the country that people are wanting to move back into cities, walkable cities, no matter if they’re only 30,000 or 32,000 in population,” he said.

Goshen Chamber of Commerce president David Daugherty said the development of the Millrace will “exceed expectations.”

“I think we’re getting more than we ever anticipated on the Millrace with this project,” he said. “It really is something that I think, when finished, will be something this community will be very, very proud of.”

OTHER BUSINESS

  • A steering committee will review draft chapters of the city’s comprehensive plan update at noon April 24 and 3 p.m. May 20. Both meetings will be at the city annex building, 204 E. Jefferson St. The plan commission will review a final copy of the draft this summer.
  • The plan commission recommended approval of a vacation of the Adams Street right of way west of 11th Street to the alley owned by T&M Rubber and the vacation of an alley north of New York Street between 1201 S. 11th St. and 705 New York St. Assembly Mennonite Church plans to buy the property at 705 New York St. to use for parking and green space.

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.


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