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Construction on delayed Saint Joseph’s Square project expected to resume by spring

Construction on the delayed St. Joseph's Square housing development project in Ottumwa is...
Construction on the delayed St. Joseph's Square housing development project in Ottumwa is expected to resume in the spring.(James Barrickman)
Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 2:27 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - It’s been about a year and a half since work has progressed on the Saint Joseph’s Square housing development project in Ottumwa.

The old Saint Joseph’s Hospital was demolished in the summer of 2019. Built in 1925, the hospital was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Members of the Ottumwa City Council had hoped that a new housing development in that area would boost commerce and property values. However, the project has since been delayed for about a year and a half now. Officials from Blackbird Investments cited economic uncertainty in the markets and housing trends as a reason for that.

The site has stood mostly stagnant. However, Justin Doyle of Blackbird Investments told KYOU that he anticipates construction to resume this spring; and hopes to have housing available for purchase by the fall of 2021.

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