New COA building at capacity

Less than two weeks after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to commemorate its opening, the Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence is at capacity.

County administrator Teresa Doehring announced during Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting that all 46 residential units are no longer available.

The Broadway Street location, which also serves as the new headquarters for the St. Joseph County Commission On Aging, features 38 single-bedroom units and eight two-bedroom quarters. The building was redeveloped from its former existence as the Three Rivers Inn.

COA Executive Director Tim Stoll said about two dozen people have already moved in while others are expected to take occupancy in coming months.

The former hotel, which closed in November 2005, is on an eight-acre property and was built in the late 1960s.

Redevelopment of the building was budgeted to cost $4.6 million.

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  1. Inspiring turn around — something this town has needed for a while! Obviously the public agrees as the place is already at capacity. Kudos to Mr. Stoll and his staff for turning blight to might.

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