Housing and Community Regeneration Initiative
University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Dean's Charrette
May 22-25, 2023
Notre Dame School of Architecture conducted a charrette, an in-depth study on housing, transportation, preservation, and more, to create a design or vision for the downtown area of La Porte, specifically the neighborhoods surrounding Lincolnway.
Key areas of study within the charrette
1. Truck traffic downtown
2. Downtown regeneration without displacement
3. Affordable housing for existing residents
4. Commonsense preservation
The charrette team began with a tour of the city, as well as meetings with City engineering and planning professionals, historic preservation, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Three in-person public events were held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church School, 1101 Michigan Avenue, as well as two presentations available via Zoom.
Monday, May 22
5:30 – 7 p.m. -- Opening Presentation (in person)
Tuesday, May 23
12 – 1 p.m. -- Affordable Housing Considerations (Zoom)
Tuesday, May 23
5:30 – 7 p.m. -- Design Proposals Presentation (in person)
Wednesday, May 24
12 – 1 p.m. -- Downtown Community Regeneration (Zoom)
Thursday, May 25
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. -- Final Presentation (in person)
The charrette is the next phase in the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte – City of La Porte Housing Initiative, following an in-depth study done by SB Friedman, a real estate development advisory firm based in Chicago, contracted by HFL, which resulted in a detailed housing strategy for the City.