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Cottages at Cathedral Square grand opening Oct. 16 in Belleville


From Illinois Business Journal news services

BELLEVILLE – The Cottages at Cathedral Square, a 32-unit affordable-housing project designed for senior citizens, will celebrate its grand opening at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

Developed by Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation and Touchette Regional Hospital, and constructed by IMPACT Strategies, The Cottages is designed to provide secure, independent housing in downtown Belleville.

The site is at 300 S. Second St. on a once-abandoned lot  The $6 million housing project also offers recreational, health and fitness programs. In addition, The Cottages emphasizes intergenerational learning with the nearby Notre Dame Academy – Cathedral campus.

What was once a vision of the Cathedral of Saint Peter parish has become a reality through collaboration between public and private organizations. The Cottages is open to residents over age 62 and offers lease rates based on each individual’s income. The facility features both one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as separate German-style cottages that are reminiscent of the homes that once lined downtown Belleville’s streets.

The building is the first in Belleville to receive the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard’s bronze certification for green practices incorporated into its design and construction.

The grand opening will include presentations from: U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, state Sen. James Clayborne, Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert and Revered Monsignor John T. Myler, of the Cathedral of Saint Peter.

A special ribbon cutting, indoor reception and facility tours will follow.

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