By Kristin Bien (firstname.lastname@example.org)
11:17 AM EST, December 7, 2012
The city of Mishawaka will officially cut the ribbon on a $7.5 million renovation project in downtown. The city used a combination of grants, tax dollars and a loan to pay for the renovation of the old Mishawaka High School.
102 year old building has been turned into senior apartments. It is now called the Mishawaka Main Junior High Apartments and will be managed by the Mishawaka Housing Authority. There are 32 apartments inside, each is unique, with high ceilings and large windows. The city has said their goal is to bring people back downtown and city leaders tell us they think renovating this important piece of history was worth the money.
"We, in Mishawaka, don't have a lot of significant historic architecture that is left. This is one of those buildings. It was constructed in 1910. It is a prairie style architecture and it served as the 2nd high school for the city. It has good bones and character that really made it worthwhile," says City Planner Ken Prince.
"What used to be a boarded up building that has dilapidated over time is not a wonderful addition to the downtown and will preserve this architecture for the next 100 years so our payback for city is over next 100 years. It isn't just in short term," says Prince.
You much be age 55 and older to live in the apartments. There is already a list of people who are interested in living there but the Mishawaka Housing Authority believes there is still plenty of availability.
You can tour the building Friday afternoon at 4 pm after the ribbon cutting.
Those interested in rental information and who are not able to attend should contact the
Mishawaka Housing Authority at 574-258-1658.
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