The YMCA’s downtown will be transformed, 100 years after its creation | KSNF / KODE
An apartment building with leisure facilities
JOPLIN, Mo. – The former Downtown YMCA, located at 510 Wall Ave. in Joplin, will finally be transformed a century after its creation and almost four years after its closure.
By Joplin Houses in Blue Haven, owned by brothers Sawyer and Sullivan Smith, plans to convert the historic building into an apartment complex.
The real estate investment company bought the building for $ 450,000 last summer and is planning a $ 5-6 million renovation.
“We don’t slap a band-aid on all of these things. We want to make sure it’s done right, done right, so it can last another 100 years, ”Sawyer said.
Blue Haven Homes chose the building because of its location, neglected condition and character.
“It was also a very unique building. It’s very different from a cut and dry apartment building… We’re going to try to leave as much recreational stuff as possible while still keeping a fair amount of apartments in there, ”Sullivan said.
The Smiths want to maintain the “YMCA vibe,” where people can enjoy activities, fitness and wellness while being an apartment complex.
They hope to build around 45 units in the building, depending on what can be done with the gymnasium according to Historical Society standards.
The 3rd, 4th and 5th floors will consist of 2 beds, 1 bathroom and 1 bed, 1 bath apartments, with other units located in the rest of the available space of the building.
The brothers plan to ‘revive’ the pool, keep most of the original lobby, build offices where the original offices were, and hope to add a cafe or grocery store.
They are even considering transforming the racquetball court into a climbing hall.
But the exterior of the building will retain its original historic appearance.
“When you look at it, the facade of the building will be relatively the same. But the interior will be very different, ”Sawyer said.
Blue Haven Homes is continuing the renovation with historic tax credits, so certain conservation standards must be met.
Blue Haven Homes was founded in 2019 with a passion for renovating homes in difficulty. With the help of their father who has a background in construction, the brothers succeeded in a home renovation and decided to turn it into a business, ultimately looking for much larger renovations.
“Normally we only do single family homes. We buy them, repair them, and then rent them out as rental properties. We decided we wanted to look at something bigger… So we started to look around and really focus on the city center. We would really like to take a building that’s neglected downtown and make it something big, ”Sawyer said.
To keep up to date with the progress of renovations and other company projects, visit Blue Haven Home Facebook page or follow their Instagram page @blue_haven_homes.