The Redevelopment Commission is established by the City Council and controlled by the five-member commission which has the powers and authorities set forth in Indiana Code 36-7-14 for the redevelopment of blighted areas and economic development areas.
The Commission plans, develops and redevelops economic areas which will benefit public health, safety, morals and welfare while increasing the economic well-being of the City of Michigan City and serve to protect and increase property values within the City.
In addition to implementing the South Gateway TIF zone and the North Side TIF zone, the Commission has been actively engaged with the following projects:
- Uptown Arts District, which includes the development of the former Warren Building, on track to become the Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts. This is a mixed-use project with 4T4 affordable live/work units for artists and their families with ground-floor studio and commercial space. It will be centrally located within the Uptown Arts District, a six-block stretch of Franklin Street that is already seeing many signs of arts-driven economic renewal
- River Front Commercial District, which is encouraging new commercial investment
- Uptown Façade Improvement Program
- Main Street Association and Farmer’s Market
- Lake Michigan Gateway Project
In August 2015, the Eastside TIF zone was created along the Hwy 212 Corridor to spur industrial development and create manufacturing jobs for the City of Michigan City.