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New apartment complex going up in Quincy

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For many professionals and young adults moving in to Quincy, finding an affordable apartment can be a hard task.

But there's a new development downtown that could lead to big changes.

Construction is already well under way on this new apartment complex at 7th and Kentucky.

Owner Justin Wollbrink says he decided to build this complex not only to meet the rental needs of newcomers to Quincy, but also to spruce up Quincy's downtown.

Construction of one of the few traditional apartment complexes in Quincy was moving at a fast pace today.

A project that was taken on by one of the neighborhood's own, Wollbrink, to breathe new life into the area.

"My main thing was when I moved down here it wasn't the greatest neighborhood, and now I've acquired a little bit of ownership in this neighborhood so I want to see it prosper," said Wollbrink.

Quincy City Planner, Chuck Bevelheimer says new rental development is desperately needed in the downtown area.

"It's always important to have diversity of housing stock, so that when you do get young professionals moving to your town that they have a place live and secondly it's important because it's in the downtown it's close to where they work," said Bevelheimer.

"It's very hard because everything seems to be going east and there's a lot of businesses downtown, and you don't want to be 5 or 6 miles away from your office, so people can ride bikes to Quincy Medical Group, to Blessing, to even Gardner Denver or Quincy Recycle now if they have to," said Wollbrink.

Justin Wollbrink says the new complex will consist of 8 two bedroom apartments, each one with 1100 square feet of floor space.

And Wollbrink hopes an affordable price point at 650 dollars a month combined with a prime location will draw young professionals to rent.

"I think it's more of an investment for me and for the city in general to get newer younger people downtown, it's very nice to be able to say there's nice availability apartments downtown," said Wollbrink.

Bevelheimer says a new 48 unit apartment complex is being built near 48th and state.

He also hopes to convert some of the upper levels of buildings in Quincy's downtown to even more apartments in the near future.

 

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