Huntingburg’s Stork Place nearing completion

By CANDY NEAL
Herald Staff Writer

HUNTINGBURG — Stork Place is just about complete.

The public can get a glimpse of the inside of the senior housing facility during an open house Wednesday evening. The building, at the northwest corner of Fourth and Van Buren streets, will be available for tours from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Several apartments will be open for people to go through,” project manager Scott Burgess of Tri-Cap said. “The public will get a good idea of the scope of the renovations.”

Tri-Cap has been updating the building using money from a $4.5 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Once completed, the building will have 17 two-bedroom apartments for seniors on three floors.

A community room, storage space for each renter and a leasing office will be in the basement.
The building used to be a nursing home. It was renamed Stork Place in honor of the late Dr. Harvey Stork, who started a hospital on that corner in the 1930s.

Also on Wednesday, a private ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held with local officials and representatives of the housing authority and Tri-Cap. That will not be open to the public because the Tri-Cap staff will not be able to handle a crowd at that time, Burgess said.

The only work left to be done inside the building concerns infrastructure, like installing phone lines and elevator alarms. Some external work — planting vegetation in the courtyard and work on the parking lot — will have to wait until the cold weather passes, Burgess said.

“The common areas and apartments are, for the most part, done,” he said. “It will be in very livable condition by the end of the year.”

With that, Tri-Cap hopes to have residents living in the facility by the beginning of next year. The organization is talking to potential applicants, Burgess said.

Founded in 1966, Tri-Cap is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to low-income citizens and families in Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties.

People interested in living at Stork Place or looking for more information about the facility may call Tri-Cap at 482-2233. The primary tenant must be at least 55 years old. There are also annual income limits the residents cannot exceed — $36,050 for a single person and $41,200 for a couple.

Contact Candy Neal at cneal@dcherald.com.




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