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New apartments coming to downtown Alma

City of Alma|
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Renovations have begun in downtown Alma to redevelop a historic building into four residential apartments.  

According to the developer, there will be two one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units located on W. Superior Street.

The project is estimated to generate more than $400,000 in investment. 

Assistant City Manager, Aeric Ripley said having people living downtown will benefit the city.

“These buildings that we are talking about are historic buildings that have been designated as significant buildings in the downtown district,” Ripley said. “This is where they’ll go home change, then come back to the street and eat at the restaurants that are downtown.”

Ripley said the goal with the project is to continue to develop the downtown area.

“You can have a variety of different restaurants or retail that you typically wouldn't be able to have, the traditional idea obviously you live outside of town, you drive into town, go to work, you drive back home,” Ripley said. “The likelihood of them necessarily coming back downtown gets less and less.”

The new apartments are expected to be occupied by October 15. 

Tess DeGayner is a student reporter for WCMU News. She is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Journalism and Broadcasting. Her hometown is Fenton, Michigan.