A rendering of what the Hyatt Place in Downtown Evansville will look like upon completion. (Photo: Submitted by Hemang Shah)
A rendering of what the Hyatt Place in Downtown Evansville will look like upon completion. (Photo: Submitted by Hemang Shah)

EVANSVILLE — Major construction projects continue across Downtown Evansville, and in some cases, they are nearing the finish line.

Here's a glimpse at what's happening:

St. Vincent Evansville YMCA

This $16.5 million St.Vincent Evansville YMCA is on the fastest track of any Downtown construction. It's set to open on Labor Day weekend at Court and Northwest Sixth streets, across from the current YMCA.

The two-story building isn't bigger than the existing YMCA, but it will better utilize space. Its second-floor wellness area will have large windows with views of Downtown. St. Vincent will occupy some of the building with a family-care practitioner and physical therapy rehabilitation services.

YMCA officials have not determined how the vacated building will be used, except for one section that's being turned into 62 affordable housing units.

Hyatt Place

Developer Hemang Shah expects the 139-room Hyatt Place hotel on Southeast Second Street to be finished by the end of 2019.

The $18 million project was announced three years ago and encountered some delays, but Shah said construction will accelerate once the building is under roof, which will happen soon.

The Mediterranean

Construction continues at the old Riverhouse at Riverside Drive and Walnut Street, which developer George Yerolemou is turning into a boutique hotel called The Mediterranean. This hotel project also has had some delays.

The building's exterior is taking shape, but an updated time-frame has not been released. Once finished, it's expected to have about 70 guest rooms.

Post House

At $40 million, Post House is viewed by Evansville officials as a major Downtown development, bringing housing, retail and innovation. Surrounded by the Old Post Office, Fifth Third Center and Bru Burger Bar, the two-building project is expected to finish in early 2020, weather permitting.

Leasing is to start in September on the property's 144 apartments. Price points have not yet been released. The property has a rooftop outdoor pool for its residents.

The ground floor has storefront spaces, and occupants are being sought.

Parking is underground, and the property is to have solar panels and electric car charging.

Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company, will pilot energy efficiency technologies at Post House. Others partners are Scannell of Indianapolis, CRG Residential of Carmel and property manager Barrett & Stokely of Indianapolis.

Between the complex’s two buildings is a spacious grassy area with a large overhead video screen.

Deaconess Clinic

Steel framing is erected for the new Deaconess Clinic on Walnut Street. A spring 2020 completion date was announced when the project broke ground in February.

The facility will offer primary and specialty care physicians, as well as a Deaconess Clinic EXPRESS, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

The new building also will have 10,000 feet of clinical research space to be used by students and staff of Indiana School of Medicine-Evansville, who study at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, nearby on Walnut Street.

Future use of the Mulberry Street clinic Deaconess will vacate hasn't been determined.

Nabisco building

At Northwest Second and Ingle streets, just south of Lloyd Expressway, a 19th Century building that was a Nabisco factory and then Geiger Moving and Storage is being rehabbed as a mixed-use development.

It will include 22 apartments and a restaurant run by owners of Pangea Kitchen on the East Side.

Architectural Renovators and Lamar Architecture and Design are working on the project, which is about six months from opening.

Signature School

Signature School's addition on Main Street, just south of the Ford Center, is months along.

Students and staff of the charter high school could move in as soon as January.

Other Main Street projects

Downtown Evansville Executive Director Joshua Armstrong said there are some new projects on Main Street which haven't been publicized yet.

Two are in the 200 block, where a June 2016 fire gutted a pair of buildings.

At 217 Main St., the burned-out lot has been sold to a developer for a mixed-use development with office and residential spaces.

"They haven't filed anything with Site Review yet, but they are moving in that direction," Armstrong said.

At 219 Main St., Rogers Academy plans to relocate with a barbershop on the ground level, a salon on the second floor and an academy on the third floor.

Another project is planned at 425 Main St. The property will be vacated by current occupant Air Quality Services LLC at the end of 2019.

The property is under contract with a buyer who plans a total renovation that includes a storefront facing Main Street, as well as office space.

The mostly vacant former Old National Bank tower at 420 Main St., the empty former Siegel's Uniforms building on Southeast Fourth Street and the former Stratman's Pharmacy at Southeast Fourth and Main streets are being marketed for future uses.

Armstrong said the growth of Downtown housing opportunities and the growth of more commercial alternatives go hand-in-hand.

"As we continue to put more housing and hospitality in the market and as the region begins to feel more comfortable Downtown, we'll continue to see more retail," he said.

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