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June 23, 2013

Ongoing construction projects in Kokomo

(Continued)

• Kingston apartments

Mecca Companies, a Michigan City-based firm, is building a new apartment complex on the former Kingston Products site, 1423 N. Courtland Ave.

Construction of the $8.5 million, 68-unit Water Tower Place project is underway.

“It’s moving along just fine,” said Kyle Bach, with Mecca. “We’re a little behind schedule because of the spring rain, but we will have the first building done by August.”

Bach added the entire project is set to be complete by October.

• IUK Apartments

Mecca Companies is also pursuing an apartment complex on South Washington Street across from IUK.

The plans call for two buildings and a central clubhouse. The developers have also added a pool to the plans, Bach said.

“We’re still looking to break ground in August,” Bach said of the $7-million project. “We’re projecting a 10 to 12 month schedule on that.”

• Jackson Street Commons

The project called “Jackson Street Commons” at 322 E. Jackson St. will have 27 single-bed units, a community room, a large kitchen and office space for supporting services for homeless military veterans in Howard and surrounding counties.

In addition to providing critical housing needs, specific support services will also be made available.

Construction on a $3.3-million housing complex was expected to begin last year, but due to lack of funding and increased construction costs, the project was pushed back.

The project is being funded through fundraisers by area veterans organizations and federal “home funds,” said Judy Dennis, executive director of the Family Service Association of Howard County.

Kokomo’s VFW Post 1152, in coordination with the Family Service Association, began a one-year fundraising campaign in May to benefit the housing project. The groups will continue coordinating multiple fundraising events in support of this project throughout the year leading up to Military Appreciation Week in November.

Lee & Ryan, a veteran-owned business out of Indianapolis, will do the construction. Excavating on the property is set to begin Monday and is expected to be completed by the end of the year, said Dennis.

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