The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission over the last several years has been working to redevelop the South Gateway. The former Cook Brothers Furniture building was purchased, demolished and improved with a park-type setting with a river-walk and last fall the city purchase the Deon property.
The commissioner has been trying to attract a developer for the property. In the spring they sent out requests to developers for ideas to do with the property. A couple of positive responses were received and about two weeks ago the Mayor was contacted by a developer from the NRP Group from Cleveland.
City Attorney Sean Surrisi said “They were interested in Plymouth, saw it as a developing area for housing that they wanted to invest in.” When they came to town they wanted to talk about another property but when the Mayor showed them the South Gateway property they were more interested in that property than their initial one.
They are proposing a 4-story apartment complex with 48 units geared towards seniors.
Surrisi said, “They are very aggressively pursuing it with an architect who has a very preliminary site plan. They have also contacted the duplex owner on Water Street and are working to get an option to purchase that property.”
In November NPR will submit a grant application through the State of Indiana for low income housing tax credits program. The Board of Works agreed to give the NRP Group an option to purchase the city property if successful in the grant process after two appraisers determine the value of the property. NRP can also move forward with any applications for planning and zoning compliance for the project such as re-zoning or variances.