Renovations are already underway for the future Hawks Arts and Enterprise Center – but there’s potential for the building to house more than apartments.
A developer presented plans to the Goshen Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday, June 10, for a brewpub and boutique hotel to occupy the northern half of the Hawks building, 215. W. Madison St., Angelle Barbazon of the Elkhart Truth reported.
Hawks 1886 LLC proposed buying the unclaimed part of the building to build Hydraulic Ale House and Artifax Hotel, architect Shane Dyer told the commission. It would be a $3.8 million project.
If the plan is approved, the north side’s first floor would house the brewpub, Hydraulic Ale House, with an outdoor patio. The 25-room hotel would fill on the second and third floors. Dyer said that every room in the hotel would be different, not “cookie cutter,” and the hotel would work with local artists for galleries and provide “art retreat packages” for guests.
LaCasa Inc., which owns the building, began working in April alongside DJ Construction to turn the historic structure into 35 apartments for artists and entrepreneurs. Construction for the artist apartments is scheduled to be done by April 2015.
The Truth reported that the redevelopment commission chose to postpone the vote on Hawks 1886’s proposal and request for incentives (including a 10-year tax abatement), to give the commission more time to review the plans, the developer’s financial commitments and parking issues.