“At the end of the day you get one shot at a first impression.” Brazil buildings get new purpose

The old junior high school building (left) and historic Davis building(right) will both be turned into senior living apartments. (WTHI Photo, Marty Ledbetter)
The old junior high school building (left) and historic Davis building(right) will both be turned into senior living apartments. (WTHI Photo, Marty Ledbetter)

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) – More than 15% of the population in Clay County is 65 and older.

In Brazil, a housing project is in the works to suit seniors.

Brazil mayor Brian Wyndham says, “That’s one reason New Hope came in here, because there was an identified need for that.”

This will be a multi-million dollar project.

New Hope will be transforming several buildings into senior housing.

The old junior high school building will have cosmetic work done outside.

On the inside, classrooms will be turned into apartments.

As for the historic Davis building, in addition to apartments, there are plans for a restaurant or coffee shop.

Wyndham says, “We need curb appeal, and that’s happening here with the projects going on. The more curb appeal we have, the more it is going to attract more people through the community. At the end of the day you get one shot at a first impression. So when someone drives through our community, we want that positive impression of what they see.”

The mayor says a few properties that were part of the city’s blight elimination will be dedicated to senior housing too.

Wyndham says, “We’ve taken six of those lots and tore houses down off of them and we gave them to this company so they’ll also build nice, new, masonry duplexes on those that will also qualify for affordable senior living.”

He says he hopes more projects will come to the area, and draw more people to Brazil.

Wyndham says construction for the housing is set to start in January of 2017.