Dwelling Place celebrated the completion of the renovation and new construction of Verne Barry Place at a dedication ceremony and open house July 15. Verne Barry Place, formerly the Dwelling Place Inn, is a $19 million major renovation of three existing historic buildings and the new construction of a LEED-certified five-story structure. Each of the former 88 apartments has been expanded in size to include private bathrooms and kitchenettes. The project also includes the addition of 28 new apartments. The facility will be able to house 116 residents, challenged with homelessness and disabilities. The new portion of the project is an extension of the Avenue of the Arts and houses seven additional live/work spaces for artists (shown above). Heartside Ministries will retain its home at Verne Barry Place.
Verne Barry (plaque in the lobby at upper right) served for many years as a downtown resident on the city's Downtown Development Authority, serving as chairman for most of those years. He used his roles at Faith Inc. and the DDA to expand public awareness about the plight of the homeless and poor. Dennis Sturtevant (right), CEO of Dwelling Place, speaks to those attending the event. Looking on are Casey Wondergem and Stella Royce.