Studebaker was at one time an economic engine of South Bend, driving the city’s employment and prosperity. However, after the company parked its automobile division in 1966, the buildings remained. Recently, South Bend began to redevelop the site of Studebaker’s 39 acre stamping plant, “the single largest Brownfield Reclamation project in Indiana.” The area was unusable for years, but is now on its way towards new light industrial development and will be the home of the city bus service’s administrative headquarters and bus depot.
South Bend is renewing itself with major projects like the Studebaker demolition, Downtown Condos, and expansion at the airport. For more information on the South Bend’s future growth, check the comprehensive City Plan.