Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood delivers State of the City Address

NOW: Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood delivers State of the City Address

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood delivered his 12th State of the City Address reflecting back on the city’s momentum in 2022 and plans for future expansion in the Princess City. 

From the brand-new City Hall housing Mishawaka’s government offices, Ironworks skating rink and attached public house adding to the downtown experience, and plethora of new businesses calling Mishawaka home, the city has seen much of its growth in 2022. 

He reports that crime is down, 6.5% to be exact, with rates of homicides, robbery, and arson all down from 2021. The police department saw seven new hires in 2022 and hopes to be fully staffed this year. 

The theme of this year’s address was it ‘Feels good to be home’; Mayor Wood saying the goal is to make Mishawaka a city that attracts people that will call it home for the long-term. 

With that goal in mind comes the need for more housing, so he announced a second phase for the Mill at Ironworks, as well as another mixed-use development called the Avalon which already has broken ground. 

More future developments like the Mishawaka Fieldhouse which will be a destination for youth sports and a second fire station were part of the Mayor’s announcements for plans to move forward. 

He says all past, current, and future projects adds to the transformation and growing energy that Mishawaka has recently been known for. 

“When you think about Mishawaka thirteen years ago and I took over as mayor, a lot of empty spaces," Mayor Wood describes the old Mishawaka. "So one by one, each project accumulates over time and adds and compliments the next one and so that effect has really created that new energy downtown and all around Mishawaka.” 

You can find a full report of the state of the city address on the City of Mishawaka’s website. 

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