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May 03, 2011

As August nears, 318 Commons takes shape

So as G.H. Holding's 318 Commons student housing project chugs along toward its August completion deadline, it seems plenty of action is bubbling up near it.

05032011commonsconstruction2 Of course, there is the Urban Village project further south on First Avenue near the proposed permanent University of Minnesota Rochester campus.

And then there's the coming demolition of the former KTTC building on the actual campus site.

Now I'm hearing early buzz about some perking in the little building right next to 318 Commons. That's bulding that I think used to house the Fastframe art business.

No idea if a deal is done or even anything is moving forward, but that building is suddenly looking like a pretty good place to be for some sort of downtown business to appeal the young student population that will  be living a few feet away.

Remember this nine-story apartment complex on First Avenue will contain 98 apartments, 70 of those with 148 beds are being leased to the UMR for $1.4 million a year.

 Expected to cost almost $28 million to build, the complex is across First Avenue from the Minnesota BioBusiness Center and Dooley's Pub.

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I heard the good food store is moving to this building. Is that true?

That was mentioned as a possibility in an article a couple of weeks ago, but at that time, no firm commitment was mentioned.

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