Old Terre Haute YMCA to be turned into apartments

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Since 2006, the YMCA on the corner of 6th and Walnut streets has been closed, leaving a large empty building near the downtown area. Soon, Commonwealth Companies, based out of Wisconsin is looking to change that.

“We focus pretty exclusively on apartment development. Out of my office we do a lot of historic preservation,” said Kevin McDonell, VP of development for the Commonwealth Companies.

Commonwealth Companies’ original plan for the old YMCA called for 28 units in the historic building and a separate 12-unit apartment on the property, but Wednesday McDonell asked the Terre Haute Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance.

“Our plans call for turning the historic building into 34 units, apartment units, within the historic property. Then, we will have six new construction townhouse style units,” McDonell said.

This new plan was approved and members of the board like Jason Saavedra says, he thinks the variance allows for Terre Haute to offer different housing options for the community.

“I actually kind of like the idea, there’s not a lot of town homes in Terre Haute. I like the idea of having greater housing diversity here,” Saavedra said.

The Board of Appeals aren’t the only one’s who approve of the revitalization efforts that are soon to take place. A co-owner of Cackleberries says she’s excited that the area is being cleaned up and more people will be brought in.

“I’m really happy to hear that. It’s going to be good for the downtown, for the city in general, and it’ll be good for us,” said Tirzah Popoff, co-owner of Cackleberries.

The State Historic Office has to approve all of Commonwealth Companies’ plans for the YMCA. Parts of the building, such as the windows, must replicate the original version.

This project is expected to begin this summer.

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