Aaron and Jaclyn Ross are making strides toward accomplishing their goal of renting out several apartment units inside of the Wolfe Building in downtown David City.

Since their December 2017 purchase of the well-known building located at the corner of Fourth and E streets, the Omaha couple has been working to provide a substantial facelift to six, second-floor apartment units positioned on the south side of the building.

When complete, the Ross’ project calls for three, two-bedroom apartments, and three, single-bedroom dwellings. If all goes as planned, people should be calling the building home in the next two to three months. Tenants will be treated to several new amenities, including heating and air conditioning units, new wiring and all-new plumbing.

The majority of this work was completed last year, and now, it’s on to some of the details to make living quarters aesthetically pleasing.

“Other than that (necessities) we have really just been giving it a facelift this year,” Jaclyn said. “Last year we did all the heating, wiring and air, and now it’s much more the cosmetic side of it.”

For numerous years, the Wolfe Building was owned and operated by the Knights of Columbus Tihen Council 1717 before being purchased by a previous owner in 2014 for just under $30,000, as previously reported by The Banner-Press.

The building came onto the Rosses radar when they were notified by a friend that it was vacant and might be something of interest, Aaron said. The couple already had some previous experience with sprucing up a rental property, taking on a single unit in Columbus.

“This is definitely our biggest project to date,” Jaclyn said.

Aaron, a graduate of Rising City High School in the early 2000s, said that he was already somewhat familiar with David City and some of its housing needs. As is the case with many of its surrounding cities, reasonably priced, quality housing can be tough to come by.

The need is something Jaclyn believes wholeheartedly is there.

“Especially with something like Timpte being here and expanding, we knew this would be a good thing because we don’t think we will have trouble finding renters,” she said. “And we might even get some overflow from Columbus, but I don’t think that we will have to rely on that.”

Aaron added that the building’s location should be appealing to prospective tenants because of its close quarters to other resident favorites.

“You have Subway right there, a few other really good restaurants and other stores that are all within a few blocks,” Aaron said.

While the second floor of the Wolfe Building is having some of its life restored, there are still no set-in-stone plans to tackle the project of revamping the now-vacant banquet hall. For years, it served as a hot-spot for funeral dinner gatherings, bingo night, political forums and numerous other activities.

The undertaking required to get the old space up to code would be too substantial at this point, they said.

Although there is still quite a bit of work to complete on the new units, Jaclyn noted that the duo is always hot on the trail in regards to finding new enterprises.

“We are always looking for good opportunities, always keeping our eyes and our ears open,” she said. “We like doing projects.”

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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