ND students, NNN team on project

Author: Katlyn Smith, South Bend Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND - Its front porch and wood frame pay tribute to the past in one of South Bend’s oldest neighborhoods.

A sign in the front yard tells passers-by that the new construction is a result of an effort teaming University of Notre Dame architecture students and Near Northwest Neighborhood Inc.

The property is part of a block-by-block effort to revitalize the neighborhood, an area with its fair share of absentee landlords neglecting homes.

Notre Dame’s Students for New Urbanism designed the property for sale on the corner of Cottage Grove and Lindsey streets. They also designed a home for the vacant lot on the side of the house.

Mandy Miller, the 2010-2011 president of SNU, said the team of about 10 students based their design on nearby homes.

“We were particularly interested in the character of the neighborhood,” Miller, who graduated in May, said in a phone interview.

For instance, the 1,300-square-foot structure features windows based on the proportions of neighboring properties.

Other features of the house - listed for $107,000 - include:

Three bedrooms and 1½ baths.

Hardwood floors on the main level.

A first-floor laundry room.

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