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A Home Away from Home


April 26, 2018

Willoway Complex in Sutherland is excited about the opening of two main floor short-term apartments. The 1-bedroom suite-like apartments reuse the area of the Willoway Complex formerly occupied by the City of Sutherland, its police station and Mayor’s office.

The City of Sutherland moved its operations and offices to the RL Johannsen Center after its completion, leaving the office space, mayors office, council chambers and police office vacated and unused. The Willoway board spent several months looking for a way to use the space.

Willoway is a project financed, in part, by Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). IFA project rules can often make reuse complicated. In this case, IFA is not involved in the first floor, so the board was free to access capital and use its imagination.

Mid-January of 2018, remodeling and construction work of the roughly 1200 square feet began. Hicks Electric, C-S Agrow and David Schmidt did the primary work. A wall was built to create separation of one of the apartment entrances from public space. A “box” was built in the center of the area and divided. That “box” created space for 2 new handicap accessible bathrooms. Each apartment has a spacious living area, furnished; a kitchenette with a refrigerator, pizza oven, microwave, coffee pot and cabinets; and a bedroom with 2 queen size beds.

The apartments are designed for short-term rental space, overnight to 30 days. Mark Cody, Willoway Director said the idea is to make sleeping space available to families coming to Sutherland for weddings, family reunions or extended visits, funerals, celebrations (graduation is coming…) business trips, the reasons are endless.

The apartments are not a carbon copy of each other. Each offers unique features that hold dear to the 1921 Sutherland high school décor. Sliding barn doors, original baseboard and door and window trim give the apartments original warmth. The large, original windows allow a stream of natural sunlight into each apartment. Beautiful draperies protect privacy.

A swimming pool with hot tub, and fitness center are on site and also available to interested tenants at additional cost.

The idea of short-term apartments, according to Cody, advances the original purpose of Sutherland Recreation Corporation’s (SRC) energy to preserve the building, and that is to serve the needs of the community.

To learn more about the apartments or to make reservations call Mark Cody at 712-446-2599 or email: willoway@midlands.net or visit the website at http://www.willoway.com.

An open house showing off the new apartments was held Tuesday April 24.


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