ELKHART — The city government has a puzzle to solve. Should it allow an eager business owner to invest in his River District store now or stay true to the vision for a revitalized River District?
Frank Cassella, the Colorado-based owner of Golden Bear Bikes, is leasing the 401 E. Jackson Blvd. property where his store is housed. But the shop could use a facelift, he said, and so he offered $1 to purchase the property from the city earlier this year. After the Redevelopment Commission turned him down, he returned this week with $25,000.