New apartments proposed for Lowry Hill East

The 241-unit complex would be split between two buildings

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) passed a motion to approve a proposal for a six-story apartment complex at 2900-2936 Aldrich Ave. S. at its Oct. 18 Board meeting.

LHENA rejected an earlier version of the development proposed by Greco Real Estate Development that called for a 10-story building. The neighborhood group raised concerns about the project’s height and density, said Caroline Griepentrog, LHENA coordinator.

The board agreed to send a letter supporting the project to the City Council.

Under the Greco proposal, a 241-unit apartment complex would be split between two buildings (a north and south building), replacing several houses, a gas station and former site of the Brainco advertising school. Currently, one house is occupied.

Greco is pushing for the city to rezone the property from commercial and industrial categories to accommodate commercial and residential units.

The project also calls for a 15,000-square-foot commercial space that would likely house a restaurant or grocery, according to Greco spokesperson Brent Rogers.

He said Greco is scheduled to present its proposal to the City Planning Commission in December and wants to start construction this spring.

Although design of the Aldrich Avenue Apartments is still preliminary, the building would feature a contemporary style comprised of brick, wood, stucco and metal aspects, he said.

Rent would range from $1,000 to $2,500 monthly.

Greco has developed several other projects, including Heritage Landing and the River Station Condos in Downtown and the Village at St. Anthony Condominiums and Townhomes in Northeast.