The Lofts at Roberts opens this spring

More residential living in DWNTWN Muncie next to convention center, new hotel

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - The finishing touches are coming on the Lofts at Roberts with a high tech center and services for those of age.

Local government agreed Monday to put $303,688 into the ground floor of the former Roberts Hotel to build out a new space for the Innovation Connector's office where 83 new apartments will be located. Primemark Construction is doing the work which ensures local labor will be used.

Besides a high tech business room, offices for the Center for Vital Aging also will located on the ground floor besides apartment management. The target for opening is May.

Cincinnati developer Miller Valentine Group undertook the project to convert the historic landmark into apartment for those 55 and over.  The restoration has put 125 construction workers on the site and about $7.2 million put in the local economy.

Todd Donati, Muncie Redevelopment director, took officials on a tour Monday along with leasing agent Alysia Watson. Apartments are essentially finished and the ground floor should be done right after opening.

The property has a state of the art fitness center, a theater and business room. Central air and washer-dryer connections make the apartments the convenience of a home.

The historic landmark was one of two hotels built nearly a century ago by George Roberts and operated as that untile a dacade ago.

Miller Valentine, a housing developer with 1,400 units in 13 states, undertook the project and marketed it to those of age. A similar project called the Residences of Washington Street, is being undertaken in Kokomo this spring.

Mayor Dennis Tyler and Gov. Mike Pence recently announced construction of a new Courtyard by Marriott next to the Roberts and Horizon Convention Center this year.

That $25 million development along with an $8 million parking garage will be ready in 2015 and could bring even more retail and development to the south end of the DWNTWN.


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