The project is an adaptive reuse for the former 74,000 SF Three Rivers Inn (Holidome). The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging (COA) proposes to take over existing space to create a senior center sharing space with affordable senior apartments. The Three Rivers Inn closed for hotel operations in 2005; the property has remained vacant since that time. The building is 2 stories with 100 individual rooms set up with an inner ring of rooms and an outer ring of rooms wrapped around a central atrium area where the hotel pool is located. The front part of the building served as a restaurant, conference center, lounge and office space for the hotel when in operation, as well as large commercial kitchen used to produce food for the restaurant patrons. COA proposes a conversion of the existing 100 rooms into approximately 46 apartments by making two rooms into one apartment. COA would also use the existing conference/restaurant/office space as a base of operations for COA services and programs, including senior center activities and COA Management offices. The former commercial kitchen will be revamped to support the County Meals on Wheels Program.
This senior apartment complex would focus on being an affordable option for seniors in St. Joseph County, primarily targeting low to moderate income seniors. This project would combine two significant needs for these people: 1) affordable housing with utilities paid for, 2) conveniently located socialization opportunities. Further, the COA is in unique position to provide additional support by possibly offering a meal program and some in home supports. This is an obvious benefit for the people that live in the apartment and also comes with some efficiency for the COA in management of staffing.