A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning for a $22 million, mixed-use residential housing project near the main entrance to Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs.
The development is being called “Ivy at Berlin Place,” referencing the iconic ivy of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, and South Bend Cubs owner Andrew Berlin, who is the investor and developer of the project. Indianapolis-based TWG Development, LLC, is managing the project.
Here are some comments about the project, as well as some artist renderings, from the South Bend Cubs’ press release:
“When we signed a 20-year lease with the City of South Bend, we told the citizens of this region that we had big plans. Welcome to The Ivy at Berlin Place,” commented Berlin. “These will be some of the nicest, most exciting places to live in South Bend. As a matter of fact, I’ll be living here myself when I’m in town. I’m here frequently. And as you probably know, I have pretty high standards.”
“The Ivy at Berlin Place will incorporate and be reminiscent of some of the best features of Wrigleyville in Chicago,” added Joe Whitsett, CEO of TWG Development. “Fully-developed rooftops overlooking the ballpark will bring residents into the stadium the same way that Chicago fans participate with the Cubs from rooftops overlooking Wrigley Field in Chicago. This and so many other unique ideas brought to us by Andrew Berlin make it one of the most fascinating and desirable projects we’ve ever worked on.”
“This development is a unique addition to the ongoing story of South Bend’s accelerating comeback,” added South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “A quality residential development like The Ivy at Berlin Place will lead to increased density and vibrancy downtown, and we look forward to welcoming new residents to this part of the city.”
The Ivy at Berlin Place is expected to be ready for occupancy in the spring of 2018. All new and future residents will have their name engraved on brick pavers that will be set in the courtyard outside the stadium walls.