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South Bend says no to Football Hall proposals

– City officials have rejected proposals submitted by four developers on how to reuse the former College Football Hall of Fame museum in South Bend.

Scott Ford, the city’s executive director of community investment, said none of the proposals for the 52,000-square-foot building “were fully complete.”

The developers submitted their plans in August for the building that closed at the end of 2012 when the Hall of Fame moved to Atlanta after 17 years in South Bend.

Ford said the city is awaiting additional information about one bidder’s business plans.

“That entity is pulling together more data on their business model,” he told the South Bend Tribune.

Ford said he couldn’t provide details about the proposals or the city’s timeline for making decisions on a potential buyer. But Ford said the building’s layout allows for multiple uses as opposed to one use.

“Interest has been for mixed-use because it’s a unique building with a variety of spaces,” he said.

The Hall of Fame closed three years after the National Football Foundation announced the museum would move from South Bend following years of low attendance.