Old Washington Junior High to be torn down for apartments

Washington Junior High School, Ottumwa. (KTVO)

Construction on one of the biggest apartment complexes in Ottumwa is set to begin in the near future.

To build those apartments, crews will first need to demolish the old Washington Junior High School between 4th and Haran streets.

Ottumwa's Health and Inspections Director Jodi Gates says the city will provide a tax abatement incentive for the developer to build the apartments.

Washington Apartments L.L.L.C., the developer, will build 52 apartments, 90% of which will meet low- to moderate-income standards.

"It's mostly affordable housing units. There will be a few market rate apartments that will be available and this is one of the largest apartment buildings that we've had built recently," Gates said.

Gates says construction should begin very soon. Developers are looking to begin laying the foundation before winter.

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