The potential is there.
Valerie Schey watched eclectic neighborhood shopping districts evolve
when she lived in the suburbs of Chicago, and she believes the same
can happen here.
In River Park.
One of her top priorities as the 3rd District representative on the
South Bend Common Council is to revitalize Mishawaka Avenue and the
River Park business corridor.
"I want to make it a shopping destination, where you could spend a
Saturday," Schey says about the commercial district that runs through
the middle of well-established neighborhoods.
She realizes the path to her goal will not be obstacle-free. There is
a mindset to change; consumers must be reminded to shop independent
and homegrown businesses as opposed to chains.
So Schey wants to create a business recruitment plan to help market
the vacant buildings in River Park to businesses that are looking to
relocate or expand.
"You have to offer a product so unique that you can't find it anywhere
else," she says about turning River Park into greater retail and