North-end apartments sprouting

Inland Group LLC is humming along with its redevelopment of the former Valley 6 Drive-In Theaters site, as this photo of one of 14-apartment-buildings-to-be on the south end of the 70-acre Coppergate project attests.

This first phase of construction, which began just before last Thanksgiving, calls for 500 dwelling units of affordable housing to be distributed among the 14 buildings.

According to plans on file with the city of Auburn, the development will focus on “amenity-rich living options tailored around a healthy living environment” that provides access to trails and outdoor open space, community gardens of at least 800 square feet, a community trail system, two playgrounds, outdoor amenities and a pool.

A key feature will be the privately-owned-and-programmed community open space, The Heart, with a stage for performances, a movie theater and space for five food trucks with power and utilities hooked up to them.

The project’s north-end commercial component, the Marketplace, which is still in the planning stage, will connect through The Heart to the apartments.