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DePaul expects spring construction start for 40 new apartments in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 February 2020 at 10:17 am

DePaul in July 2018 presented these renderings of how the building would look in Albion, including new sidewalks by the property on Liberty and Beaver streets.

ALBION – Construction of a 40-unit apartment project is expected to start this spring, after several years of lining up financing.

DePaul Properties of Rochester last year took down three houses on Liberty Street, between the railroad tracks and Beaver Street.

That block will be home to the DePaul Boxcar Apartments, which will have 36 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units. The one bedroom units can have up to two people and the two-bedroom apartments have room for up to four people.

“We expect tenants could begin to move in in November 2021,” said Gillian J. Conde, vice president for DePaul Properties. “We will update that projection as we go – weather is always the largest factor.”

DePaul will have staff on site to oversee the apartment complex, and also to take residents to appointments with a DePaul van.

DePaul is designing the project to support people with disabilities, including senior citizens and veterans. The organization will do extensive background checks for credit, criminal and sex offender history and evictions.

“DePaul is excited to bring new housing to the village and looks forward to being an active member of the Albion community,” Conde said.

DePaul is calling the property the Boxcar Apartments to reflect its location next to the railroad.

The new apartments will be created to fill the need for housing for persons earning up to $31,800 for a single person and a family of four earning up to $45,420, Conde said.

“The site will be enhanced with safety features that allow ageing in place, with details that address mobility issues, lighted ADA bathrooms and appliances,” she said in an email this morning. “Twenty of the apartments will offer on-site supported housing supports for persons that are frail-elderly or those with in recovery for mental health. All units are one-year leases with an on-site property manager, full-time maintenance person and nights and weekends security.”

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