Developer of 8-story apartment building to break ground

Auburn Partners Development Associates expects to break ground on its Legacy Plaza Auburn Senior Living Apartments project immediately south of City Hall on Feb. 10.

At a time, however, still to be determined, city officials say.

APDA’s – Levan Auburn Development LLC and Iouannou LLC’s – plans for the site call for a mixed-use building that offers independent-living apartments above commercial space for retired seniors, tailored to accommodate various income levels.

Where APDA’s original plan had called for underground parking, the developer abandoned that idea, owing to the complexity of the foundation design, and added an eighth story to what had been a seven-story design.

Residents of the one- and two-bedroom apartments will enjoy residential amenities, such as full kitchens tricked out with dishwashers, oven ranges, refrigerators and washer dryer hookups, full bathrooms, and for select units, roll-in showers.

Common spaces will include social rooms, a library business center, a media room, a fitness center and a lobby.

Outdoor amenities are to include private, landscaped courtyards and patios, a sun deck, an adjacent observation room, and a roof deck offering pea-patch community gardens for the residents.

Sun Break Café owner Bruce Alverson’s parking on site will be reduced to the parking that exists today on the perimeter of his building and on-street parking.

No timelines as yet exist for start and end dates.

Recently, the developer enclosed the parking lots under its ownership in chain link fencing and rolled in earth-moving equipment to turn dirt for a soil-remediation project to clear it of contaminants from previous development, work that it has now completed.

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