ELKHART — Revitalization of the downtown River District continues as local real estate developers Carl and Emilie Tiedemann prepare for the opening of an event center at 530 E. Lexington Ave. for weddings and other parties.
The Tiedemanns, who expect the center to be open by Oct. 1, said the facility will accommodate up to 200 people for special occasions.
The new center, named LEX530, has about 7,800 square feet, including a nearly 900-square-foot kitchen. The Tiedemanns said they have a license to sell beer and wine at events, including their own brand of wines.
Carl Tiedemann said he hopes the center will fill what he sees as a gap in local event space.
“There’s no medium-size space,” he said. “We see spaces that are too big or too small. But what if you just need space for 100 or 150 people? That’s our goal, to meet in the middle market. So we can have business with white-collar folks and we can have the guy who works on the line at Thor and wants to have his daughter’s wedding someplace, and doesn’t need to rent Lerner Theatre.”
Tiedemann described his vision for the center as “sort of an urban eclectic type of interior. All of the latest IT stuff, and (you can) hook up your laptop or Wi-Fi, and put your stuff on drop-down screens.”