Designs for the more than $16 million renovation and expansion of Trabert Hall into a campus for CenterPointe would preserve the 100-year-old brick building and add a glass, multi-tiered entrance.
CenterPointe received early design approval of its plans to transform the building, which has sat vacant for several years, from Lincoln's Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday.
"It's certainly a win to see a building of this size that's been sitting vacant for so long, to see it considered viable," Commissioner Melissa Dirr Gengler said.
The recommendation now goes to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission.
Trabert Hall, 2202 S. 11th St., was originally used as dorms for nursing students before St. Elizabeth Hospital moved to its location at 70th Street.
Various county offices called it home for almost 50 years, but it has been empty since adult probation offices were moved to the renovated former county jail at 605 S. 10th St. in 2017.
The four-story building renovation would turn the garden-level basement and first two floors into an outpatient behavioral health clinic, pharmacy, a medical clinic and offices, and the top two floors would provide housing.
Half of the 32 apartments would be for those in programming at CenterPointe, and the other half may serve those who have successfully recovered and still need an affordable place to live, according to plans outlining the project.
CenterPointe, a local nonprofit that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment, has expanded so much in recent years it's run out of space to add more staff at its outpatient facility at 1000 S. 13th St., President and CEO Topher Hansen said.
"We can’t have more people or employees in our building because of fire code, so we do creative cycling of people through the building to stay within the law," he told commissioners.
Trabert Hall helps them expand their space and services, integrating behavioral health and physical health for its clients, he said.
This project's estimated to cost $16.4 million, which CenterPointe hopes to cover mostly with low-income housing tax credits and through a fundraising campaign, according to a document filed with the special permit request.
If financing is secured as expected, construction could start next summer and conclude in the summer of 2022, project officials said.
Lincoln buildings that have made history
College View Public Library
Christian Record building
Federal Trust Building
First National Bank Building
First State Bank of Bethany
Gold and Co. store building
Hotel Capital-YMCA building
Lincoln Army Air Field Regimental Chapel
Lincoln Liberty building
Municipal Lighting and Waterworks Plant
Nebraska State Historical Society building
Nebraska Telephone Co. building
Nebraska Wesleyan Old Main
Old University Library
Palisade and Regent apartments
Rose Kirkwood Brothel
President and Ambassador apartments
Rock Island Depot
St. Charles Apartments
Scottish Rite Temple
Sheldon Museum of Art
Temple of Congregation B'Nai Jeshuran
Tifereth Israel Synagogue
U.S. Post Office
Woods Brothers Building
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