On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Mayor Anthony Copeland and the City of East Chicago proudly broke ground on the New Fitzsimmons Redevelopment Project. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at 3735 Main St. East Chicago.
This Fitzsimmons Redevelopment building features a total of 19,235 square feet. It has an all brick exterior finish. Sunshades are included over the commercial windows and awnings over the first-floor townhome entries. The size of the three townhomes range from 1,420 – 1,490 net square feet. Each unit has two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen/dining room. The four apartments are located above the commercial space on the second and third floors and vary in size from 1,881 square feet to 2,063 square feet. These units have three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a large living room, kitchen and dining room. Three of the four units come with a small den. The townhomes and apartments are equipped with a laundry closet. The commercial space is 4,042 net square feet and ready for development.
Mayor Copeland stated: “My commitment to restoring our downtown continues with the demolition and redevelopment of the once vibrant Fitzsimmons furniture business on Main Street. This is a $4 million project. The city has partnered with the Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the Urban Enterprise Association (UEA) who has also committed $1 million to this effort. There is much more to do, and I will continue to improve our City with new projects in the upcoming months.”
This project continues to meet the goals of the Hyatt Palma study to restore the North Harbor Downtown District. The new construction will not only beautify the downtown area but will spur economic development throughout the North Harbor district. The re-vitalization plan will also strengthen the downtown area in terms of growth and bring more shopping options to residents. This is just one of the many quality of life improvements benefitting the residents of East Chicago.
The project is scheduled for completion in late spring to early summer of 2019.