Downtown apartment construction starts Oct. 1
The company's marketing manager Ann Daly says so.
It's gonna be a pretty hip development, especially when you consider they got state and city incentives to hit the low- to moderate-income demographic.
For starters, the 40-unit complex, to be named "The Current," is aimed at the 20 to 30 age group. How could they resist? The place is down the street from a dozen bars and clubs.
Daly said the ambience is supposed to be like Starbucks. (What is it with Starbucks? Remember that proposal by Traie Dockter?)
The complex is to have its own exercise room and a community room with a big screen TV and big kitchen (after bar anyone?).
All of these references to drinking and partying is not gratuitous.
Here's the thing. The Current would attract a, shall we say, fun-loving population. Kitty corner from the apartments, you've got a slightly older and slightly less wild demographic. That would be the owners of the Elite Brownstone condos now under construction.
The situation near the apartments is already kind of, well, I don't think there's a problem but there are cop cars cruising back and forth in front of Uptown Downtown and Gilly's late at night on the weekends. Preventative security maybe. Still, I fear there might be a culture clash of some kind between the young and the not-quite-as-young.
We've had this problem before in the UND neighborhood where a few wild student renters got on the nerves of many homeowning families. Result: The homeowners demanded a zoning change to keep out the renters and the council complied.
What's done is done, but let's be clear here: The bars and their clients were here first.
On another tangent, I hadn't realized the depth of MetroPlains' holdings in Grand Forks until I checked out their Web site. Look at this portfolio. It's funny to see how much they've invested in senior housing. The Current looks like a major departure for them.
Update 3:49 p.m., 8/11/06: If you're curious about the incentives that MetroPlains will get for the apartments, it's on page 5 of the City Council packet PDF file. MetroPlains formed a company called MDI LP #110 to develop the apartments so that's the company that will get the incentives.