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Superior City Council approves senior housing development

An artist’s rendering of the Grand Central Plaza 50-unit senior housing development planned for Superior. Construction is set to begin June 1. (Image courtesy of the city of Superior)

A 50-unit senior housing development three years in the making in Superior is slated to become a reality starting in June.

The Superior City Council earlier this week approved the final piece of the plan to build the complex at the southeastern corner of North 13th Street and Weeks Avenue. Gerrard Corporation of La Crosse, Wis., is developing the Grand Central Plaza.

“This has been a three-year process for us, since we’ve come up and presented to the department heads and the mayor,” said Paul Gerrard of Gerrard Corp. “I can’t thank city staff enough for their overwhelming support and help getting this project to where it is today.”

About a year ago, the company applied for tax credits to support the project through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Agency. While the initial application was unsuccessful, in October WHEDA awarded $407,382 in tax credits in support of the project.

“We were one of 20 applications … and your community won overwhelmingly on the scoring,” Gerrard said.

The project will create low- to moderate-income housing for seniors, as well as some market-rate units, said Jason Serck, the city’s economic development, planning and port director.

Gerrard said the advantage of the market-rate units is there are no income restrictions for residents of those units.

Amenities in the units will be similar to what people would find in their homes, Gerrard said. Water and sewer will be included, he said. Apartments will be equipped with a full kitchen, and washer and dryer.

The goal is to break ground on the project on or before June 1, with the units available for occupancy in May 2015.

Gerrard said people interested in the apartments should contact the Superior Housing Authority, which will manage the property, to get their name on a waiting list.