WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —A new apartment complex in West Lafayette was scheduled for completion by the beginning of this school year, but crews are still working away.
The brand-new building located on the intersection of State Street and Northwestern Avenue has caused congestion in the Chauncey Village area for quite some time.
Director of Development Erik Carlson explained the developers time line for this project was tight, and he thought it seemed a little bit advanced.
Carlson told News 18 developers are hoping to get tenants moved into the apartments over the winter break. That is about four months behind schedule.
As we previously reported, South Street Capital Developers were initially wanting to make the apartment complex an eight-story building. However, West Lafayette City Officials did not approve the proposal because they "wanted it to be something that flowed in with the rest of State Street."
The five-story building is home to 36 apartment units, with 96 total bedrooms. The Muinzer Management apartment complex is intended for students only.
There has been plenty of housing development in the Chauncey Village area in the past couple of years. Including several new high rises; Rise on Chauncey, Hub on Campus, and Campus Edge- formerly known as The Hub.
Carlson told News 18 he doesn't foresee any more of that kind of development happening anytime soon. However, he explained the city is anticipating the possibility of other projects in the area.
"We're hoping to encourage development that is aimed at a wider demographic through the downtown master plan, which is working its way through the Area Plan Commission at this point," he said.
While the housing portion of the building is finishing up fairly soon, the retail portion still has some time to go. The bottom floor of the building will be home to a 'small format' Target, which is expected to open Spring of 2020.
The basement will be used as the retailer's storage space.
Carlson went on to say the State Street Project was never just a road, and that's starting to show.
"That has birthed a lot. Not just the development of tall buildings," he said. "It has done a lot to bring a lot more activity and energy to the community."
The Target is bringing a lot of new jobs to the City. News 18 is told the retailer will hire 45 employees, and that will include students.