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o�sou TH <br /> F dx <br /> :J b <br /> W eFacE � � <br /> y� a 1, a2 <br /> 1865 <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> February 26, 2007 <br /> 4::45 PM <br /> Contact: Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications&Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876- <br /> 1564, or Andy Laurent, 245-6112 <br /> South Bend Lathe moves closer to demolition, cleanup <br /> SOUTH BEND—The South Bend Board of Public Works today confirmed that 16 <br /> contractors are eligible to bid for the contract to demolish the former South Bend Lathe <br /> facility, 400 W. Sample St. The contract is expected to be put out for bid in March and <br /> awarded in April. <br /> This 15-acre site with its 500,000-square-foot building represents about 20 percent of <br /> land and structures in the Studebaker corridor's Area A—decaying remnants of South <br /> Bend's manufacturing history. The project will bring the total demolition in the entire <br /> Studebaker corridor to nearly 2.5 million square feet with another 1 million square feet in <br /> the Oliver Plow area. <br /> "This will open up the land for new jobs, new investment and new pride," Mayor Stephen <br /> J. Luecke said. "These sites will be reused as productive business parks where people <br /> once again can find employment opportunities in the inner city. This is not only good for <br /> the environment, it is also an important part of our Smart Growth strategy." <br /> Located directly across from South Bend Police headquarters, the former South Bend <br /> Lathe's demolition and environmental remediation will begin in June with expected <br /> completion by May 2008. <br /> "It will have a very visible impact on the entire area," said Andy Laurent, project <br /> manager for the Sample-Ewing Development Area for South Bend's Community and <br /> Economic Development department. "This South Bend Lathe project is one of the most <br /> visible phases of the demolition. ... I would expect, if dollars are available, to have all the <br /> land cleared in early 2009." <br />