Plum Prairie rehab project nears completion

Construction crews are almost done rehabilitating two 100-plus-year-old homes on Historic Pleasant Street, where HAND also is building a 2-bedroom house.

When work is complete later this summer, the three homes will provide four affordable rental units for low-income residents earning up to 60 percent of area median income (about $58,000 for a family of four).

The City of Noblesville donated the vacant houses to HAND in 2022, after the city’s Pleasant Street extension was rerouted to bypass the historic Plum Prairie neighborhood.

While most of the work has been inside the homes – one duplex and two detached single-family homes – volunteers from SERVE Noblesville are expected to help clean up the landscaping and yard on June 27 from 9 a.m. to noon, during the organization’s annual volunteer blitz. Visit the volunteer website Impact Noblesville to sign up.

HAND’s initial plans called for renovating three homes, but the structure at 630 Historic Pleasant (top, middle) was demolished due to structural damage. Another 2-bedroom house (see rendering, right) is being built on that site.

Meanwhile, renovations are about 80 percent complete at 544/546 Historic Pleasant, which will remain a duplex. Work at 648 Historic Pleasant, which is being made ADA accessible, is nearly done. The State Historic Preservation Office signed off on the rehabilitation plans and the new construction.

HAND’s Plum Prairie development won $880,000 in HOME funding from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, and Hamilton County awarded the project almost $305,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds.

Additional funding came from Lake City Bank and MIBOR Realtor Foundation’s Economic and Community Development Council.

Brenner Design Architects is the architect for the development. Home Experts Indy is the general contractor.

Two of the units will be reserved for residents who earn no more than 60 percent of AMI. One will be reserved for residents earning up to 50 percent AMI, and one is for residents earning up to 40 percent AMI.

Please contact HAND’s leasing office at 317-758-5180 to add your name to a list of people to be notified when applications open.