Owner of the building and owner of Trotter General Contractors, Chris Trotter, has been working with Kristen Petrie, City Attorney, and Dean Torreson, City Administrator, on funds for the project.
Trotter wants to reconstruct the building into a 47 senior living unit compatible for independent living, rehab services, and Alzheimer’s patients. Trotter expects the project to cost 5 million dollars and the city agreed at Monday night’s committee of the whole meeting to allow Trotter $750,000 through the city’s tax increment finance known as TIF. TIF money does not come from the city’s budget, but instead improvements from other properties.
The building has received a new roof and the walls between the rooms have been torn down while Trotter waited for the city to approve the funding process. Now that the city has passed the funding, Trotter can start on the construction with the hopes of the project being complete by the end of 2016. Mayor Mike Inman says he is very excited about bringing life back into the building.