Community House

Manhattan city officials are working to finalize a deal that would sell the historic Community House and 4th and Humboldt streets to local developer Ben Burton for $1. Burton plans to spend $3 million to develop the building into office and residential space.

Q: What are the latest Community House developments?

A: Following the Manhattan City Commission’s recent final approval of the project design, the city anticipates closing on the sale of the Community House by February or March.

Construction will start soon after.

Until then, Manhattan Parks and Recreation is maintaining the property, using it for recreation programs, said Jason Hilgers, deputy city manager. In the past, the property on the corner of Humboldt and Fourth streets has been used as an American Legion post, a Chamber of Commerce headquarters and a refuge for soldiers in both world wars.

Ben Burton of Switchgrass Development plans to renovate the building, built in 1917, into offices and residences, including lofts.

Burton purchased the property for $1 from the city earlier this year, and he agreed to keeping the property on national and state registers of historic places.

The budget for the project is around $3 million, Hilgers said.

The Mercury previously reported that Burton estimates completion of the project by September or October 2020.

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