The Department of Community Investment will hold three events this week to generate ideas for the Lincolnway West and Western Avenue corridors.

Concurrent planning workshops, which will include presentations of market analyses and preliminary concepts, will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. The sites will be the Charles Martin Youth Center, 802 Lincolnway West, focusing on the Lincolnway West Corridor, and the Charles Black Recreation Center, 3419 W. Washington Street, focusing on the Western Avenue Corridor. The Western Avenue workshop will also include a Spanish-language session.

A concluding event will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Century Center, 120 S. St. Joseph Street, to summarize ideas for both corridors and to gather additional input.

The City, in conjunction with the Urban Enterprise Association (UEA) of South Bend, has hired the architectural and planning firm, Torti Gallas and Partners, to lead the development of the plan. The West Side Corridors Plan will serve as a guide to business and property owners, residents, developers, elected officials, and other stakeholders in making investment, land use, and design decisions along these key urban arteries.

CityVoice for the West Side Corridors, developed by PostCode, LLC, a company comprised of Code for America fellows who previously developed the CityVoice application for vacant and abandoned properties, is also assisting by gathering input from residents about the master plan.

To offer feedback, residents can call toll-free 855-713-2626 and complete a three-minute, 11-question survey that will collect information on desired shopping, dining, and leisure activities along the Lincolnway West and Western Avenue corridors, and general ideas for improvements.

Additional information about the initiative and how to offer feedback is available at