After 90 years in the Wesley Center, InterServ has decided to build a new facility to house both administrative and program services. An extensive assessment of available properties during the Summer of 2013 assured the board of directors that replacing the current building with a new complex constructed in the same general area was the best choice for InterServ. With that in mind, InterServ purchased, in April 2014, the former Hostess Building at King Hill Avenue and Cherokee Street. This purchase allows InterServ to greatly expand its plans for development. The new campus will encompass nearly two blocks, extending from King Hill Avenue to just east of Gordon Street.
Facing King Hill Avenue in the South Side, the new building will contain 25,000 sq. ft. on two levels.
The lower level, ground level accessible from the parking lot on Pryor Street, will house InterServ programs and services, along with a multi-purpose community room and recreation facilities, including a gymnasium. The upper level, accessible from King Hill Avenue, will contain InterServ and InterServ Foundation administrative offices. The entire building will be ADA accessible. Onsite parking and outdoor recreation grounds will complete the complex.
Amenities will include a new gym and weight lifting room, along with health and wellness facilities and programming. A community room with a full service kitchen will be available for the public to use. The outdoor recreation area will be multi-purpose, allowing for basketball, volleyball and other recreation events. Adding to the safety of the neighborhood, the project will have extensive outdoor lighting.
The new campus will have a significant impact on the South Side, providing jobs and sprucing up a substantial portion of an area slated for future development. The campaign may last upwards of three (3) years and construction will take at least a year. Local contractors will be used for construction. Upon completion of the project, St. Joseph and the surrounding area will have a new social service complex, ready to serve future generations.