JPR was asked to provide a complete scope of services for this critical downtown redevelopment project. Pre-planning activities included partnering sessions with affected business and building owners, City staff, and elected officials. These sessions provided key information to the public, while at the same time helping the design team resolve conflicts and problems for individual businesses. The project, planned around various downtown festivals and the concurrent historical renovation of Elkhart’s Lerner Theater, was carefully prepared to assure a reduction in impacts and inconvenience. As part of our services, JPR provided concepts for an adaptive reuse of a former manufacturing site adjoining the Elkhart River.
This award-winning project was an extension of the first phase of the Elkhart Main Street streetscape and included major underground municipal utility improvements as well. This phase entailed the removal and replacement of concrete sidewalks, alley approaches, driveway approaches, and curbs. It also involved new tree plantings with tree grates, seat walls, landscaping, ornamental street lighting, traffic signal features, stamped-colored concrete crosswalks, and other appurtenances.