Golden Bear Bikes front rendering

The owner of Golden Bear Bikes on East Jackson Boulevard wants to buy the property and facelift the shop to make it look like this rendering.

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.

River District rendering

The city might not allow Golden Bear Bikes’ proposed changes, since they would not fit in with the general vision for the River District, which looks more like this rendering.

Golden Bear Bikes trail rendering

Golden Bear Bikes, unlike other suggested development in the River District, would be withdrawn from the sidewalk. In between, there would be a short bike trail.

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Joe King

Stick to the plan. If the Chicken Coup building wasn't good enough, then stay the course. The plan and the drawings look nice....keep it going.

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