The city is in the process of looking how to expand housing, restaurant and retail establishments that will help foster Muncie's downtown as a destination to live, work, play and stay. Muncie is a vibrant city that is focused on attracts and retains residents and visitors by providing high-quality employment opportunities, offering healthy lifestyle choices, as well as fostering an innovative culture of entrepreneurship, education, healthcare, arts, entertainment, and recreation.

White River Lofts

White River Lofts

White River Lofts is a mixed-use riverfront building in downtown Muncie that includes 55 residential apartments with high quality finishes and views of the White River. Commercial space will be available on the ground floor.

The project is the first phase of the White River Canal District, located at 400 W. Washington Street. This area is adjacent to the riverfront, walkable shopping, restaurants, and offices in Muncie’s central business district.

In addition to the White River Lofts, this first phase will include a new riverfront plaza and riverwalk to provide an expansive new public space that invites walking, socializing, gathering, biking, and also connects to Muncie’s expansive trail network. The city administration has had a vision to create a vibrant riverfront development overlooking the White River in downtown Muncie.

Plans for mixed-use development, opening soon, include a restaurant with ample outdoor seating, a public plaza and riverwalk, and a 55-unit mixed-use apartment building. The development calls for additional phases that will see similar mixed-use potential. 

For more information on the apartments, visit their website

An early proposal for the riverfront development:

Riverfront Development Proposal

Muncie’s Riverfront District

The city administration has fostered and passed a special district that will allow alcoholic beverage permits to be issued by the State of Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission without regard to quota restrictions. This area, known as the Riverfront District, is designed to spur development of restaurants along the White River.

Businesses have to be within 1,500 feet of the river in order to get this specific liquor license. The lack of available licenses can be a limiting factor when trying to start up new restaurants across town.

State law does not allow for the district to be near schools and churches

The district extends along the White River from the city’s east side, with designated riverfront areas including north of Bunch Boulevard and along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Areas along East Jackson Street leading out to the Muncie Bypass are also included.

The central part of the district includes multiple blocks of downtown, the McKinley neighborhood across from Muncie Central High School and the area around White River Lofts are all included.

On the west end of the district, areas around West Kilgore Avenue just west of South Batavia Avenue are included.

The full map of the district is as follows:

Riverfront District Map

Restaurants already in these areas that only have a two-way license for beer and wine would be able to get the new license which covers beer, wine and hard liquor.

The application for the new liquor license is now available on this page in the forms and documents tab at the bottom. The riverfront district review committee that will review the applications include the following people: 

  • Ro Selvey
  • Lou Coulter
  • Mike Martin
  • Eric Bertram
  • Conner Polk

Please see the following links for more information: