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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />February 7, 2011 <br />7 p.m. <br /> <br />Luecke: High-tech business to build in Ignition Park <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> <br />THIS NEWS RELEASE IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 7 P.M. MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011. <br /> <br /> <br />Mayor Stephen J. Luecke said today that the City of South Bend will sell land in Ignition <br />Park, the state-certified technology park in the former Studebaker Corridor, to a high-tech <br />business, which will begin construction this spring on the tech park’s first private facility. <br /> <br />In his 15th State of the City address to the South Bend Common Council, Luecke cited <br />progress in Ignition Park and Innovation Park at Notre Dame, which together constitute <br />Indiana’s only dual-site state-certified technology park, among several examples of signs of <br />progress and hope throughout South Bend. <br /> <br />“After extensive work by our Department of Community and Economic Development, we <br />have plans to sell the first property in Ignition Park to private investors, who will build the <br />first for-profit facility in Ignition Park,” Luecke said. “This business is a great example of the <br />type of high-tech investment we’ve worked for at Ignition Park.” <br /> <br />“The promising future we’ve envisioned for Ignition Park is already beginning,” he added. <br /> <br />Luecke will announce more details about the development in Ignition Park in a news <br />conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Innovation Park at Notre Dame. <br /> <br />Demolition of the final two Studebaker buildings in the current 83-acre footprint for Ignition <br />Park began in January. Work is expected to proceed in 2011 alongside the new construction, <br />removing the former Studebaker Engineering Building (which recently housed Studebaker <br />Auto Supply Co.) and the former Studebaker Foundry (which recently housed Underground <br />Pipe & Valve). Both companies relocated to facilities in South Bend. <br /> <br />