Former Conn-Selmer plant in Elkhart to get new life as senior apartments

(Sam Householder/Elkhart Truth)

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A long-closed musical instrument factory in northern Indiana is getting new life as apartments for senior citizens.

The former Conn-Selmer plant in Elkhart has been vacant for 12 years but crews started work this spring on a $10 million renovation of the two-story brick building that dates back to 1910.

The project by Commonwealth Development Corp. of America calls for 55 apartments with rents from $300 to $650 a month.

Commonwealth vice president Kevin McDonell tells The Elkhart Truth that the first units should be ready next spring.

State records show the building housed Crow Elkhart Motor Co. from 1910 until 1930, then was used by Conn-Selmer for 75 years.

The project is being supported by nearly $840,000 in rental housing tax credits from the state.


  1. This is great as long this is on the Trolley bus route so they can be able to get around because a lot of them don’t drive anymore and as long it got a Elevator installed in their because a lot of them can not do steps and there will be some even in wheelchairs and it must be well Insulated to help keep the heating costs down for the elderly because a lot of them don’t get that much income coming in and it must be Reasonable on the rent and if utilities are included in the rent then it must say that so they will know either way now on the security deposit it must be Affordable for the elderly to be able to afford this place and it must be dust free and have Central air in each units because some of the elderly has Allergies.


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