HAND secured federal funding to rehabilitate 304 S. 8th Street and 347 S. 8th Street in Noblesville, Indiana through Hamilton County’s entitlement of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Both buildings are located in the 300 block of 8th Street just south of Hannibal Street in Noblesville.
304 S. 8th Street was constructed circa 1870 and was historically used for a restaurant/tavern. 347 S. 8th Street was constructed during 1898-1905 with the first account of the building occurring in 1905. Starting in the 1920s, 347 S. 8th Street housed the first African American Owned Business in Hamilton County (Roper’s Grocery Store). HAND was very excited to be able to restore these two historic buildings and help with the revitalization efforts of the 8th Street corridor.
The rehabilitation of the buildings was completed the end of summer 2011. Now known as The Roper Lofts, the building located at 304 S. 8th Street (The Roper Lofts II) provides 4 affordable one-bedroom apartment homes. 347 S. 8th Street (The Roper Lofts I) is now the new home for HAND and provides 4 affordable one-bedroom apartment homes. The apartments will serve residents making 50% of the area median income or less.