Construction set to begin on apartments in Roanoke's old Red Shield Lodge
Construction is slated to begin soon on the former men's homeless shelter once owned by the Salvation Army.
According to Cecil Doyle, one of the three partners on the project, they've hired a contractor who has just completed asbestos abatement at the former Red Shield Lodge on Dale Avenue in Roanoke.
The building will expand housing options on the edges of downtown.
Doyle said Thursday it will include 18 residential units and 3,400 square feet of commercial space.
Doyle said they see a desire and need for more housing options in the area.
"I know we've had a lot of new housing in recent years, some of which we've been involved in," he said. "But invariably, you build it and it fills up. And we anticipate that here."
Construction should take about nine months. Doyle says they anticipate rent might cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000 a month, depending on the size of a unit.
The 18 residential units will consist of six two-bedroom apartments built on the former indoor basketball court. Additionally, there will be 12 one-bedroom apartments between 500 and 600 square feet.
Doyle believes the site will be attractive because of the history of the building, the parking adjacent to the building, and a dog park they are planning for the backyard.