Extreme Makeover: Cub Foods edition

May 31, 2007
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There is a clear winner in the category of Most Surprising Reuse of a Former Cub Foods. Calvary Christian SchoolProperty Lines got a tour this morning of the new Calvary Christian School at I-65 and South Keystone Avenue. The $8-million transformation of the former grocery store includes dozens of classrooms, a giant library bathed in natural light and a gymnasium with two full basketball courts. The project saved only the slab and three walls from the old Cubs. It was designed by locally based Entheos Architects. The school is scheduled to open in August. There's a rendering of the project here. Calvary Tabernacle also is planning a new church between the new school and I-65. Any thoughts on the new look?
  • Thoughts? It's not quite as ugly as their church. :-) It looks like one of those blasé factory/office buildings I-465 is littered with.

    In other words, it doesn't exactly scream educational facility.
  • Aberlock, You're right. It looks exactly like those buildings on the northside of 465.

    However, As for making use of an old vacant big box retailer, it's great! This should be model for other developers. I can think of at least 4 giant empty boxes that could be creatively transformed.
  • Well, the old Cub Foods on the east side turned into a Gold's Gym. Although Gold's did a good job fixing it up, it looks like the Church did a better job with theirs... I'm not a real fan of Christian schools though.
  • Is there an Applebee's nearby?

    (Sorry. I had to.)
  • The new space is nothing like the old space. I think it's a fantastic example of a creative reuse. You have to give them credit for making something interesting out of a building that was anything but.

    And who cares what kcflood's opinion of Christian schools is. Keep it about real estate, architecture, and the like.
  • Whatever A for Effort...Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Christian schools are a waste.
  • I live a stone's throw away from this site. It's taken what seems forever to get the job done but it beats having a Burlington Coat Factory there. It will be a nice addition to the neighborhood.
  • Why would you throw a stone at the store?
  • It's a Church Chloe. You need 5 minutes in time out.
  • I live near this old / new building. I am (very much!) not a fan of church schools... but I really like the contemporary design. It's too bad this property could not have served as office use - generating tax revenue and creating jobs in the area, but I am glad the crumbly old Cub building is gone.
    Thank you to the church that transformed a terrible eyesore into something nice that increases the value of the neighborhood! Welcome to the neighborhood - I hope you thrive.

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