New apartment building “not for students”

To the daily:

With the recent approval for construction of an eight-story apartment building on the former site of Olga”s Kitchen, I am reminded that money is what rules this town.

I favor construction of more residential space downtown, but this building is not for students, unless you are willing to pay upwards of $2000 per month for a small apartment. The city requires at least one apartment in any new development downtown to be affordable for a medium-income renter. Of the 42 in this building, there is one that satisfies that requirement, and I”m probably not first in line for it.

Developers do not build for students anymore, especially those of moderate means. We have to choose between living in a dump or driving from farther out.

Of course, I also favor turning Liberty street into a pedestrian mall.

Mark Stock


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