South Main Revitalization

We believe change will happen on South Main. You can believe it too! SoMa is a new Elkhart community planning initiative. Convened by Mayor Dick Moore as a study group, we’re looking at taking the next steps in downtown development for the 500- 700 blocks of South Main Street. Our goal is to address key opportunities and possible threats facing this downtown district, transforming it into a place where people want to work, live, and play. Description SoMa will focus on

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Gallery

The Main Gallery hosts exhibitions and shows of a wide range of media by local and regional artists. Arts on Main Studio artists have the opportunity to display and sell work. Upcoming Art Exhibitions Jun 19 – Aug 22 “Landscape Impressions: Indiana Masters” Sep 11 – Oct 25 “Arts on Main Ceramics Invitational” Works of several Michiana potters: Thomas Ali and Jean Liera Nov 14 – Dec 20 “NIA – Northern Indiana Artists, Inc. Exposition” Competitive entries of several 2-D media – oil, acrylics, watercolor, pastel

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Art Studio Spaces

Newly-renovated, the second floor of 205 S. Main Street offers 8 artist studios for annual lease. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, great lighting, exposed bright, all new A/C & heat. Some are already rented. To find out more about the spaces or to arrange a visit, please call Park Gill 565-821-5267 or inquire via email

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NIBCO Water & Ice Park

You’re never far from water in Elkhart, and there are plenty of places to enjoy it. The NIBCO Water and Ice Park is a great place to start. You can suit up and cool off at the splash pad on a hot summer day or lace up your skates (Rent them on site) and glide ice-paved paths in winter. You might stroll the RiverWalk beforehand then indulge in some post-park treats nearby like a refreshing Gelato on the patio deck

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RiverWalk

Elkhart’s RiverWalk is great for leisurely morning strolls, late afternoon jogs or just plain meandering. It’s pet friendly, lined with parks and dotted with terraces and footbridges – with a little bit of art and architecture thrown in. You might treat yourself to an iced coffee and a SugaRush cupcake on the outdoor deck at b on the River or a late-day meal with wine al fresco at nearby McCarthy’s. Locals use both as an excuse to leave the office

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Havilah Beardsley House

Open May-September You can’t step into a time machine and travel back to 1831 when Dr. Havilah Beardsley bought the land that later became Elkhart. But you can tour his 1848 home and learn how this enterprising physician brought mills and railroads to the City and an entrepreneurial spirit that remains to this day. Guided tours share Dr. Beardsley’s story, your imagination can follow him negotiating land prices with Indian chiefs or visiting patients at midnight on horseback. Get a

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The Time Was Museum

A certain Main Street address once housed a barber shop, an apothecary and – as legend has it – a speakeasy. This is the stuff local history is made of, and you’ll find plenty of it at “Time Was” Museum. It’s packed to the ceilings with photographs, memorabilia and newspapers dating from 1856. You‘ll also come across lots of interesting and quirky stuff like a 125-year-old cash register and hand-etched brass instruments (a nod to the City’s reputation as the

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Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Water from Elkhart’s historic well field once powered the city’s 19th century mills. Today, it an oasis of themed gardens and native woodlands just minutes from downtown’s RiverWalk and restaurants. What sets Wellfield apart? For starters, you might come across an otter, some egrets or even a bear. But don’t worry; these critters are cast in bronze and always approachable. Wellfield’s winding paths lead to rushing streams, waterfalls and charming pump houses. Seasonal displays might include 25,000 tulips or vibrant

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Property Tax Phase in Program

(formerly known as property tax abatement) – a phase in of property taxes on new real estate improvements and new personal property or personal property new to the state of Indiana. Personal property eligible for property tax phase in includes manufacturing equipment, research and development equipment, logistic distribution equipment and IT equipment. (See IC 6-1.1-12.1-2-3 ) Tax phase in can be extended for a period of one to ten years over a graduated scale. The process of obtaining a phase

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Redevelop Elkhart Loan Fund

This fund provides below prime rate funds for the rehabilitation and construction of commercial real estate in downtown Elkhart and relocation assistance. The primary objective of the loan fund is to stimulate physical improvements to small business in downtown Elkhart. Maximum loan amounts: $ 100,000 for redevelopment projects; $ 50,000 for relocation assistance. For More Information Contact: City of Elkhart Planning and Development, Brian Gildea, 526-952-5242 x109.

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