What is the Neglected Building Enhancement Fund?
The Vacant Building Enhancement Fund provides loans up to $500,000 for qualified redevelopments. The minimum loan is $200,000. Preference will be given for projects located on the major corridors within South Bend, but all commercial buildings within the City that meet the program requirements are eligible.
Loans through this fund must be matched by additional capital, including financing by a traditional lender. If approved, the loan can provide funds of up to 40 percent of the total project costs. Origination and annual maintenance fees do apply, and loan terms generally match those of the primary lender.
Who and What is Eligible?
To qualify, revitalization projects must meet certain requirements. Commercial real estate projects can include incremental development of large industrial buildings, mixed-use (including those with a residential component), or single-use commercial real estate project. Program funds can be used for the acquisition, construction, redevelopment, and/or rehabilitation of real estate. The property must be located within the City of South Bend, and a project with primary lender that maintains a physical presence in the City will be given preference. Each loan request is reviewed on its own merits but may also be compared to other submissions for the program.
How do I find more information on the Neglected Building Enhancement Fund and other City loan programs?
For More Information on Industrial Revolving Loans: Contact the Department of Community Investment – Growth and Opportunity at (574) 235-5838 or Beth Wittling at the BDC at 574-288-5758 ext.1