New apartments open in Merrill as part of effort to revamp affordable housing
MERRILL - Merrill has a new housing option for low-income residents.
The Merrill Housing Authority and developers held a grand opening Friday for Stonebridge apartments, 307 W. Main St. The 38-unit building is part of a $16 million effort to revamp affordable housing in Merrill.
The complex offers one- and two-bedroom apartments, along with a common area, fitness center and beauty salon. As an affordable housing option, the most expensive rent in the building is $440. All of the units have been rented, and tenants are set to move in next week.
Developers will soon begin work on the Park Place building across the street from Stonebridge, converting it from 92 to 54 units and expanding the size of the apartments. Westgate Apartments will be renovated after that.
Scott Kwiecinski of Horizon Development said the overall aim of the projects is to make the apartments more marketable.
"We're making a much more enjoyable living environment and high-quality living environment for residents," he said.
A two-bedroom apartment at Stonebridge. (Photo: Haley BeMiller/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)