Four-story, 225-unit apartment building to replace 8th Street block

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The developer, who plans to demolish tiny 20th-century apartment buildings on the 500 block of 8th Street, leaked a few details on Friday.

City Plan Commissioner Amanda Popken received information from Lennar Multifamily Corp., which purchased the block in December except for a lot at 8th and Llewellyn.

She reports:

Tenants were given 60 days’ notice and financial incentives to help them move. All had moved out by February 15 and none had been evicted.

The developer received a demolition permit for part of the property this week and they are awaiting more. Demolition is scheduled to begin in late March or early April.

Construction is due to start this summer.

Four-story apartment buildings will take up the entire block on each side of the street, The Advocate predicted in 2018.

The 225 apartments, consisting of 500-1,400 square feet, will be available at market price and there is no affordable component.

Lennar has allowed former property owners, as well as Bishop Arts landlord David Spence of Good Space, to salvage some of the buildings’ architectural elements such as doors, windows, crown molding and brick. Orr Reed is expected to salvage more before demolition begins.

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