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RACS OKs apartment project

Superior's City Council considers a proposal to sell city-owned land for development of a 54-unit, market-rate apartment building. P & R Plumbing and Heating, which is building a 24-unit building in the village of Superior, is planning to sta...

Superior's City Council considers a proposal to sell city-owned land for development of a 54-unit, market-rate apartment building.

P & R Plumbing and Heating, which is building a 24-unit building in the village of Superior, is planning to start construction later this summer with plans to complete construction by the end of next year.

The five-story apartment complex, proposed for the area near Grand Central Plaza at North 13th Street and Weeks Avenue, would feature heated indoor parking on the first level, one- and two-bedroom apartments with laundry facilities and dishwashers in each unit, and community and fitness rooms available to tenants of the buildings. Tenants will also have their own balconies.

"It's a pretty exciting project," said Jason Serck, economic development, port and planning director.

P & R Plumbing has been in business for about seven years, said Ryan Nelson, a principal in the Duluth-based heating and plumbing firm. He said during that time, they have been acquiring property, which allowed them to build the 24-unit building in the village of Superior.

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Nelson said rental rates will range from $1,000 for a one-bedroom apartment to $1,200 for a two-bedroom, with an additional $30 to $50 charge for heated parking. A parking lot west of the building will also provide outdoor parking. The building would feature central air conditioning and high efficiency heating, Nelson said.

"All of them would have walk in closets, lots of storage, open floor plans with nine-foot ceilings and balconies," Nelson said.

Pete Pavlovich of P & R Plumbing said they would likely have one-year renewable leases and adjustments would be made when a vacancy occurs.

Utility rates would drive any adjustments, Nelson said.

"I just want to say it's an exciting project," said Councilor Mike Herrick, a member of the Redevelopment Authority.

"It's vastly needed in Superior," said Rod Campbell of the Redevelopment Authority.

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Superior held a public hearing because the city would be selling property for the $6 million project.

With no opposition to the sale of the property assessed at $157,000, the authority approved the project, including a development agreement that establishes the terms of the project.

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The city will contribute $250,000 to the $6 million project when the project is complete.

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