A new grant will aid Bloomington-based Middle Way House in the restoration of its future home. The organization plans to move into the old Coca Cola bottling plant on South Washington by next August. Middle Way director Toby Strout says the state-funded historic preservation grant will help keep the 1924 building on the historic register. Strout says the bulk of the money will go towards restoring the building’s terrazzo floor which was largely destroyed by the corrosive soda. Despite this latest grant, Strout says funding for the move is still not all in place. She says another $1 million is still needed for the project.
Strout says she’s hoping for a large donation that can then be matched by another Kresge foundation grant. She’s confident the goal for the project will be met, but says funding for other Middle Way programs is looking bleak. Strout says their rape crisis aid, domestic violence shelter, and childcare programs all depended on government grants that are no longer available. However, the move to S. Washington Street will provide more space, if not more money. The Coca-Cola building will house new child-care, affordable-housing, and shelter facilities. Strout says those are sorely needed. The bottom floor of the building currently houses the non-profit’s Confidential Document Destruction business. That will be converted into a kitchen for the Middle Way catering company, Foodworks. It will also headquarter a local food security program. Construction is set to begin this November.