Member Spotlight: Central Texas Housing Consortium
Calhoun Square Apartments
The Central Texas Housing Consortium renovated an historic downtown building into affordable apartments. The former church building (originally constructed in 1952) re-opened December 20, 2020, as Temple’s newest downtown apartment building. A major goal of the development was to create housing so residents could live near where they work and in walking distance of downtown local businesses and restaurants.
(L–R): 1952 Education Building Attached to Church; 2020 After Renovation.
The apartments are the result of a $2.7 million renovation project of the former education building of Temple’s First Baptist Church which had been vacant since a 2010 fire. The costs of the renovation were funded by seven donors, an in-house $1.0 million loan and CTHC reserves. The project included a total interior rehabilitation plus landscaping, outside seating and recreation green space and the addition of wrought iron fencing around the property. Renovation included high efficiency heating/cooling systems, appliances and water heaters, low-E rated windows, and low-flow faucets/shower heads.
The apartments consist of 18 units – six with one-bedrooms and 12 with two-bedrooms – spread over three floors. Many areas needed special attention to enable installation of equipment, electrical and other systems. As a result, some units have a mixture of high and low ceilings, different amounts of closet space and efforts were made to retain as much historical character as possible. Most of the second and third floors have the original hardwood flooring and the stonework around the main entrance was retained.
Construction began November 2019 and all renovations were completed December 21, 2020. Rents of between $625 and $725 for 690–984 square foot units keep rates very affordable for our area. The first unit was leased December 22nd and other units were quickly filled as residents began moving to their new homes.