The city of Bloomington says the Retreat @ the Switchyard is on track to break ground in June. The development will feature 64 homes to be built on city-owned land adjacent to Switchyard Park.
The project will include a mix of supportive and affordable housing as well as market-rate units. The city says the redevelopment commission purchased the 1.5-acre site in 2017 to help steer development consistent with the community’s long-term goals.
“It’s exciting to support new housing like this so that more Bloomingtonians have attractive and affordable places to call home,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “We have been intentional about including and integrating affordable and supportive housing around our beautiful new Switchyard Park, where residents can enjoy so many outdoor amenities in a convenient location. We thank the RDC for acquiring this property, the IHCDA for awarding federal housing funds, Stone Belt and BHA for partnering to offer long-term independent living solutions for more folks, and to the developers for their expertise and commitment to inclusive models of housing.”
The city says plans include 3,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space as well as parking.
“We are thankful to be able to invest in this very exciting project,” said Ronda Shrewsbury Weybright, RealAmerica president and owner. “And know it is due to our commitment to quality, the value we bring to the community, the importance we place on our residents, our proven success, and our partnership with the city of Bloomington and Stone Belt.”
The city says detailed design concepts are being developed this spring, and construction is expected to be complete by October 2022.