Hays Parish Hall passes first hurdle in apartment renovation project

Updated: Apr 20


The Hays Area Planning Commission approved a rezoning request for the former Catholic Parish Hall in Hays to multi-family residential. An Atchison developer hopes to renovate the historic building into apartments. Photo courtesy of Hays Post.


The former Catholic Parish Hall in Hays passed its first hurdle Monday in a planned renovation of the historic building into apartments.

The Hays Area Planning Commission approved a zoning change for the property from public and institutional to residential multi-family.

The commission heard a joint application from the Catholic Dioceses of Salina, which owns the property, and developer Todd Co. LLC.

Developer Justin Pregont of Atchison attended the meeting Monday night. The zoning changed passed easily — no one from the public spoke for or against the project.

Pregont is tentatively planning for 12 units in the former parish center, but that can't be confirmed until the project's design phase is completed....


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