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Rock City Lofts project enters final stages

BY CHELSEA BOULRISSE - cboulrisse@wabashplaindealer.com

Tenants may start moving in to the new Rock City Lofts senior housing complex before the end of the year if construction stays on schedule.

Contractors had previously hoped for the first wave of tenants to move in sometime in mid-November, but that date has since been moved back to accommodate ongoing construction, according to Roy Marschke, Partnership for Affordable Housing’s director of development.

“There was nothing we could really point to, things like this happen and things gets delayed,” Marschke said. “But we had a hard completion date by the end of year and we’re pretty pleased (that we will make that completion date.)”

Marschke said that the project has also remained on budget.

“It’s kind of right around where we had originally budgeted things,” Marschke said. “Within a historic (preservation) job, there are things that can come up, but we build in a contingency.”

Marschke said that contractors are completing their final walk-throughs to identify the condition of each apartment and determine what finishing touches are still needed. He expects the lofts to be certified for occupancy by Dec. 22.

The first round of tenants will move in soon after on as early as Dec. 29, according to HI Management Regional Manager Alissa Morlan.

Morlan stated that seven apartments have been leased so far, with 34 others available to rent.

“(We) have over 50 people who are interested but we are just starting (to take) tours,” Morlan said in an email to the Plain Dealer. “I am sure we will be fully leased as the apartments are available. We currently are working on the (third) floor and will lease the other floors as they are completed.”